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SEP 2018

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34 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2018 When responding to an emergency, police officers need real-time access to criminal records, warrants, vehicle information, call history, and more to help deter crime and improve pub- lic safety. To do this, officers are us- ing rugged mobile devices built to withstand the rigors of the field—de- signed to survive a drop on the pave- ment during a traffic stop, and equipped with a daylight readable touch screen for recording evidence in a snow storm. Whether patrolling in a squad car, filing paperwork at the station, or responding to the scene of an accident, connectivity is crucial as officers face potentially danger- ous situations where quick response and access to infor- mation is everything. ankfully, new and emerging technologies are making it easier than ever to connect officers in the field to dispatchers and command staff, and are designed to meet the varied and wide- ranging needs of today's law enforcement professionals. As po- licing becomes increasingly informed by data, law enforcement agencies are deploying mobile devices to ensure that officers are equipped with the most up-to-date information needed to make informed decisions. With these tools, officers can optimize productivity and reduce risk when facing everyday sit- uations, such as issuing a traffic citation, making an arrest or searching the streets for a stolen vehicle. Using a combination of mobile hardware and law enforcement software, along with newer resources like FirstNet, officers can do their jobs safely and more efficiently. WRITING TICKETS AND ISSUING CITATIONS For many people, the most likely interaction with a law enforce- ment officer is being pulled over for a speeding ticket or other moving violation. In fact, recent data finds that up to 50 million traffic tickets are issued in the United States each year. Despite this frequency, a simple speeding ticket can often spark a more serious situation. Traffic-related incidents remain one of the most dangerous activities for police officers, reinforcing the need PHOTO: PANASONIC

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