iPad in Law Enforcement

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Daren77, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. iPadBiz

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    I think the iPad would be a great tool for the units that can't have a MDT built in so that these can be stored in consoles etc. For example: undercover units.

    As a short term workaround you could use a RDC to connect to a server and access conventional MDT applications.

    Certainly there could be some surveillance apps that could be created around cameras and other recording devices.
     
  2. henry2

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    the given the fact the last time i got into a cruiser was aug of 1994 era for work and the whole set up inside the car has change alot since then..when i started in 1975 time frame it was still calling in to central radio and you asked for a R and I check on the person along with beening in diff spots in valley of the sun where you had dead radio zones where you could not get out on the radio due to beening in dead spots that was not covered by the dept antennas ..

    there is a area in the double deuce that was known as the dead zone and it was a little creepy on sometimes of the year for you would get radio traffic as you where going into the spot and intill cleared the area.. the worst night of the year is old hallow eve for a few ghost storys have been told about driveing in the double deuce and not getting out on the radio along with some reason why the night before was night full of trouble in the deuce ..

    some of the larger depts are engageing in the more smaller compact tablet system for officers to use in the field ...at the last law enforcement expo i went to ..to me i was like a kid turned lose in a candy store there where a whole section for law enforcement software applications for displayed for ind and depts to use on the iphone and smart phone set up ....

    the one that i thought that was the best out all the software and devices was the one that was selling a smart tablet clipboard set up with the officer could swipe there driver lics on a credit card style slot on the side of the table and it recorded it the drivers lics do the NCIC check along with beening able to print out the ticket so all the officer had to do was walk over the other side of the front in the passanger seat and reach down and get the ticket for the person to sign ..

    they call it a inprovement in officer safety for now the officer never has to take eyes off person dureing the whole traffic stop along with the same table the person could swipe there credit card and pay for the ticket on the spot ..it was a little out of most the dept price range it was neat to see ..
     
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    Makes sense. As long as the department politicos are on board.

    Standard, run of the mill RDC is way too insecure at this point.

    The most popular CCTV/DVR systems are made by Pelco (they do most of the prisons, jails, etc.). There is not a native client for iOS, and streaming via RDP simply won't work (too much overhead). But I still bug Pelco about it on a regular basis!
     
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    henry2: We *are* using new technology, henry2 (e.g., e-Tickets, wireless upload of data from MDT to servers @ the office, etc.). But, again, it's all department owned and approved hardware.
     
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    one of the guys i worked with a long time ago.. now says it become a Technology race between the police and bad guys and it who has the most money is going to win that race he says, along with a lot of the old fashion skills are beening lost in the process ..also he said the next generation of the bad guys are not technology dumb like we where in the old days ..
     
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    Hey Daren - to add to the suggestions you've already gotten...

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    I put together a short Article titled "iPad and iPhone apps for Law Enforcement" that I think answers your question pretty well. Rather than re-post the whole thing, I'll share a snippet here and if you're interested you can Google search it.


    Under Development:
    At the time of this article there were several LE focused iPhone and iPad applications including found, including:

    Auto VIN Decoder - returns make, model, year etc., for input VIN number
    Field Contact - photo and field contact details, saved and/or emailed instantly for distribution to colleagues
    California Law - all California Codes - instant search (tip - deactivate the codes that you don't use every day to save RAM)
    Scanner 911 - listen to any local public safety channels that are distributed on the Internet.
    Call2 Police- finds the local PD phone number based on your GPS location
    Dial Zero - gets you to customer service numbers without going through "Press 1 for ..." "now Press 2 for...."

    There are a LOT of apps for the iPhone that aren't yet in the iPad that can easily be adapted for use by LE primarily using the integrated camera; Magnifyer, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Geo-tagging, etc. I suspect that the next generation of iPad will overcome a lot of shortfalls just by adding voice and forward/rearward facing cameras.

    Good luck on your search
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    Eugene Matthews


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  7. Wakawaka

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    I don't see the ipad as a practical tool in the field. Other than data, what good is the iPad outside the patrol car?

    Only thing I could see as semi-practical is space saving. However typing on the "keyboard" would be a pain.

    The MDT is a great system. It does the job. I doubt the iPad could stand a day in the field.. Taking down suspects information, then he bolts. Drop the iPad, or haul after em with it in your hands?
     
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    Fling the iPad like Oddjob's bowler in GoldFinger, knock them on their keister. Easy peazy...
     
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    As long as the department pays for it hell why not! :D
     
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    You are going to see it more in the area of CSI type work of after something happens or in the hands of a Detective working a case instead of the patrol units ..

    For the patrol section of a police dept is really the hardest end user of the technology inside a police vehicle ..For the partol vehicle is on a 24 hours a day-x-3 eight hours shift cycles a day..so there is no really downtime for the vehicle intill something breaks down with the vehicle to take it out of service ..

    So the technology inside the car is going to get abused from the heat of a hot summer day to the coldest day of the year in your area of patrol without a lot of down time ..So those items have to be able to take punishment of beening used and abused in that cycle of each 8.hour partol cycle of use ..

    Plus remember this statement by the former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates in a speech that he have given about the use of technology in law enforcement and the use of it in the future of law enforcement

    Technology is a wonderfull thing for it can shorten the time that a officer has to deal with paperwork and other problems that comes up in the police officer daily life on the job ..

    But technology is a double end sword also for we can get to used to useing technology to solve a crime inside of going out and doing work that we need to do as police officers inside the community that we are sworn to protect by not getting out of the car and meeting and getting to known the people in the area that we are sworn to protect ..
     

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