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Special Report 2016

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T 14 S p e c i a l R e p o r t : L a w E n f o r c e m e n t S o f t w a r e "There's an app for th "There's an app for that," is one of the most truthful things T he "There's an app for that," is one of the most truthful things T most truthful things anyone has ever said. anyone has ever said. ere are an estimated 2 million apps for T mated anyone has ever said. ere are an estimated 2 million apps for T 2 million apps for Apple's iOS platform an Apple's iOS platform and 2 million apps for Android devices. T ps Apple's iOS platform and 2 million apps for Android devices. T for Android devices. So there are apps for ju So there are apps for just about every purpose and profession T purpose So there are apps for just about every purpose and profession T and profession under the sun, includin under the sun, including law enforcement. T ent. under the sun, including law enforcement. T Today mission-critic Today mission-critical soware is being produced for both T eing Today mission-critical soware is being produced for both T produced for both the mobile environmen the mobile environment and the desktop environment, so it is T op the mobile environment and the desktop environment, so it is T environment, so it is important to understan important to understand the term "app" and what that really T p" important to understand the term "app" and what that really T and what that really means for you as a law e means for you as a law enforcement officer. T cer. means for you as a law enforcement officer. T Finding the right ap Finding the right app to match your needs can be quite a T ur Finding the right app to match your needs can be quite a T needs can be quite a challenge. Just search " challenge. Just search "law enforcement app" in Google. I did T nt challenge. Just search "law enforcement app" in Google. I did T app" in Google. I did and I got 23,800,000 re and I got 23,800,000 results. Each of those results are not in- T hose and I got 23,800,000 results. Each of those results are not in- T results are not in- dividual law enforcem dividual law enforcement apps, but it's safe to say there are T 's dividual law enforcement apps, but it's safe to say there are T safe to say there are hundreds, if not thous hundreds, if not thousands, of law enforcement-specific apps T forcement-specific hundreds, if not thousands, of law enforcement-specific apps T apps available from app dist available from app distributors such as Google Play, Windows T Google Play, Windows App Store, or iTunes. Given the massive Given the massive number of law enforcement apps on T enforcement apps on the market, the questio the market, the questions officers and agencies must ask are: T agencies must ask are: Where are the good one Where are the good ones and what can they do for me? T they do for me? App Stores like App App Stores like Apple's iTunes, Google Play, and Windows T gle App Stores like Apple's iTunes, Google Play, and Windows T Play, and Windows App store contain hund App store contain hundreds of apps from a variety of sources. T pp App store contain hundreds of apps from a variety of sources. T om App store contain hundreds of apps from a variety of sources. T a variety of sources. at variety of sources can create quite the problem for an offi- cer looking for an app to make things easier on the job, as most of them focus on the public's interaction with law enforcement. Still, there are quite a few apps specifically for officers and agen- cies that you can use to make life a little easier on the job. Security First Before you start looking for apps for your devices, especially your mission-critical devices, be aware that malware is every- where these days, and there are as many flavors as there are apps. Malware can gather crucial information not only about the call you were just on but also about you. So any app you download should be vetted and understood as to what it does, what data it collects, and what it may be sending to its master. You can be careful about apps through a simple process. First, read the reviews. If an app has 100 reviews and 90 of them are below three stars, well that may be what we in law enforcement have been known to call "evidence." Remember that in most app stores reviews can be for the latest version, or for all versions of the app. Some apps are great until they are updated and then they get buggy or add unwanted features and A Survey of Law Enforcem Enforcement Apps Apps can help you do your job better and make your work easier but be careful what you download into your devices. KEITH SWANSON

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