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JUL 2017

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PoliceMag.com 33 according to Sambar. Currently, however, smartphones are not very prevalent in of- ficial police work. Officers carry their own personal phones on duty, but only about 30% of agencies issue phones or encour- age their officers to acquire smartphones for official use through a stipend program. at means not every agency is cur- rently positioned to benefit from FirstNet. Even the Austin PD, which serves one of the nation's most technologically ad- vanced cities, does not issue smartphones to officers. Assistant Chief Reyes says the Texas agency is currently "doing some cost analysis" to see how much issuing smart- phones will cost and to identify funding. He adds that FirstNet coming online may be the catalyst to accelerate that process. "I believe this is a good opportunity for us to look into that further," he says. For agencies to make such an invest- ment, the benefits of providing smart- phones and FirstNet service to officers will have to outweigh the costs. Propo- nents of the system say the ability for of- ficers to receive secure high-speed data transmissions to their devices in the field will make the public and officers safer and make police work more efficient. Reyes says FirstNet will have substan- tial impact on the way patrol officers re- spond to calls through intelligence-led policing. He sees officers receiving real- time visual information from the scene they are responding to and about the peo- ple involved before they arrive. Poth, who served on a SWAT team, says FirstNet will give tactical responders a wealth of intelligence on a callout. He says users will be able to use Internet of things devices, surveillance feeds, drone video, and other streaming data to make critical decisions before executing an entry. THE FUTURE Such real-time intelligence tools are just the beginning of the benefits FirstNet may bring to law enforcement in the future ac- cording to Sambar. He envisions a time when FirstNet will be the connectivity be- hind a hub of video capture devices and artificial intelligence software that will reduce the amount of time law enforce- ment officers spend on report writing so that officers can spend more time on ac- tive patrol. Sambar says that future is being devel- oped today, but it probably won't be ready for law enforcement use until the next decade. Other innovations that could benefit from the connectivity provided by FirstNet are going to be part of daily police work very soon. AT&T has committed to bringing as many innovative tools as possible to First- Net, Sambar says. For example, the com- pany says it will work with its partners to produce broadband devices specifically for the network. Also, it is hiring a team of app developers to produce public safety software for the FirstNet app store, which will not be available to the public. "is is not Angry Birds. Every app will be vet- ted for cyber security vulnerabilities and tested to ensure it works," Sambar says. TORC BASE CONFIGURATION RIFLE PLATES FRONT AND BACK BUSCH AMP-1 TP VPAM BALLISTIC HELMET TORC FULLY LOADED Visit our website to learn more: A R M O R E X P R E S S . C O M The M1 utilizes hybrid ballistic technology which minimizes weight while increasing protection. The shape offers greater coverage with shooting platforms for handgun or long gun. Combine it with a TORC, rifle plates, and a VPAM-certified ballistic helmet for the ultimate level of protection. A G G R E S S I V E | H I G H - S P E E D B A L L I S T I C A S S A U L T S H I E L D LH-M1 | L I G H T H A W K M 1 B A L L I S T I C S H I E L D LIGHTHAWK M1 BALLISTIC SHIELD freeinfo.policemag.com/770296

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