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SEP 2018

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36 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2018 for devices that help officers understand the driver in question. After stopping a vehicle, many officers use a mounted laptop or tablet inside their patrol car to search law enforcement data- bases and license plate registries to get a better understanding of the person behind the wheel. To uncover personal background and previous violations, this information must be up-to-date and easily accessible so officers can prepare for possible escalations. Additionally, we're seeing officers use tablets and handhelds when face-to-face with a stopped driver to record license and registration information. ese de- vices limit the number of times an officer needs to return to their patrol car, and al- lows the officer to build rapport with the driver and create a more positive interac- tion overall. While mobile technology is becoming increasingly common in patrol cars, the issue of distracted driving is a growing con- cern for law enforcement agencies. Before a traffic stop is made, officers are using their mobile devices to run license plates and access databases, all of which can take their eyes off the road. To improve safety, agencies can opt for laptops or handhelds that offer features to help minimize distractions, such as speech-to- text functionality and biometric authentication. When choosing a mobile device, department IT managers should also explore different in-vehicle mounting options, which put devices in easy reach to maximize space and reduce the risk of distracted driv- ing, creating a safer and more efficient work environment. CAPTURING AND TRANSMITTING DATA FROM THE FIELD Whether covering a crime scene or responding to a traffic ac- cident, data capture and sharing is critical when responding to any emergency. Law enforcement agencies often work hand- in-hand with other first responders, and every organization in- volved needs the ability to gather information and share it in real time. New technologies are making this process faster and more seamless than ever before and, as a result, officers can solve crimes and protect communities more effectively. e ability to capture data starts with the right tools for the job. During any situation, an officer might need to take pictures, record videos, capture conversations with witnesses, type notes, or catalog evi- dence. is is where a multi-functional device, such as a 2-in-1 laptop or detach- able tablet, can be of use. ese rugged devices can be used when mounted in- side a patrol car or removed to be held in the hand when surveying a scene. ey are purpose-built to withstand ex- treme environments—from heav y rain and winds, to severe temperatures—and feature touch screens designed specifically for outdoor view and use. By eliminating paper logs, officers can quickly and easily complete inspections and share actionable in- telligence from the field. COMMUNICATING WITH DISPATCHERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS Whether it's police, firefighters, or EMS, public sector organiza- tions have one thing in common—dedication to protecting their communities. While emergency management as a whole contin- ues to evolve, reliable connectivity will always be essential when it comes to restoring public safety. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 240 million 911 calls are made in the United States each year. While these situations vary in degrees of severity, police of- ficers must be able to remain productive and communicate se- curely, anytime, anywhere. e good news? Mobile devices are PHOTO: PANASONIC

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