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Newport News Police Department in Virginia understands the need for police technology

One of the biggest decisions a police department can make is whether or not to invest in a new technological device to help officers increase productivity and efficiency. The world of crime control technology has drastically changed the way many police departments fight crime.

For the Newport News Police Department in Virginia, the agency is looking for the best solution to meet financial obligations while improving crime control in the city, the Daily Press reported.

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The NNPD is still recovering from the economic recession that crippled many police departments since 2008. The department has done everything in its power to keep taxes low for its residents and not to ask for too much for technological improvements or upgrades, the source reported.

However, since the beginning of 2014, numerous part one crimes have taken place in the city. As a result, the NNPD is renewing its focus on public safety, the source reported. Recently, there were two daytime homicides that included elderly victims, prompting locals to demand a heavier police presence in the city.

Local frustrations 
The police department realizes the city needs to revisit their policing strategy to better protect its citizens, but the communication between city officials, educators, nonprofits and the faith community needs better engagement to keep locals aware of crime.

While the budget remains slim, law enforcement executives are looking for upgrades in police technology, but want a system that will have a strong return on investment. Officers that are able to use crime control software in their police vehicles are better equipped to respond to crimes-in-progress, as well as preventing future offenses with crime map and pattern technology.

Having access to advanced crime fighting software could completely revolutionize police departments. According to The Virginian-Pilot, the NNPD is already investing in new body cameras that can start and stop recording at any time for an officer with the push of a button.

The investment showcases the NNPD's commitment to stopping the crime in the city. Adding new police technology is the first step in that process.


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