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Part II: Situational Awareness: Officer Safety & Crime Reduction

Part II: Situational Awareness: Officer Safety & Crime Reduction

Providing real-time situational awareness and making information and intelligence available and searchable around the clock, to the entire agency, is invaluable for officer safety and crime reduction.

Pillar 1: Building Trust and Legitimacy

Pillar 1: Building Trust and Legitimacy

Pillar 1 of the six in the 21st Century Policing report is titled "Building Trust and Legitimacy." Many of the recommendations within this pillar focus on procedural justice and the link between procedural justice and trust and legitimacy in the community.

Part I: Speed. The True Backbone of NC4 Street Smart

Part I: Speed. The True Backbone of NC4 Street Smart

NC4 has introduced a blog series titled "The Essence of NC4 Street Smart: A 12-part Blog Series", to share with our readers what the 'essence' of our law enforcement solution, Street Smart really is. This post is the first blog in this series.

​21st Century Policing: A 6-part Blog Series

​21st Century Policing: A 6-part Blog Series

This blog series will introduce each of the six pillars identified by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and the basis of each pillar.

The Essence of NC4 Street Smart®: a 12-part Blog Series

The Essence of NC4 Street Smart®: a 12-part Blog Series

Common definitions for the term 'essence' center on the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something. Its character. The heart and soul. Substance. Principle. NC4 wants to share with the readers of this blog what the 'essence' of our law enforcement solution, Street Smart, really is in a 12-part series of blogs throughout 2018.

NC4 Street Smart® Enhances Real-time Crime Centers

NC4 Street Smart® Enhances Real-time Crime Centers

Real-time crime centers (RTCCs) and the technology that supports them exist for the common goal of helping information flow to the members of the law enforcement agency to help the communities they serve stay safe. NC4 Street Smart® can enhance an RTCC in a number of ways.

The Importance of Using Blogs in Policing

The Importance of Using Blogs in Policing

Creating quicker connections and easing communication flow between police officers in the field is of utmost importance today. Criminals are using mobile phones, social media and online communication tools to take advantage of businesses and community members. Gone are the days where writing down the details of a known perpetrator or suspicious activity and waiting until the end of a shift to submit that data is enough to keep up with criminals.

How NC4 Street Smart helps with Community Relationships

How NC4 Street Smart helps with Community Relationships

Building strong relationships with the public is a major component in community policing and plays a significant role in reducing crime rates. Community-oriented policing inverts traditional and hierarchical policing methods and puts the focus on proactive and collaborative efforts from local police departments and community stakeholders alike. By and large, community-oriented policing has been shown to be highly effective in reducing crime rates and creating a sense of trust and security among citizens.

Social and economic impact of crime on communities

Social and economic impact of crime on communities

High crime rates inflict an immense cost on a community, both socially and economically. Communities and law enforcement agencies today require a modern set of strategies and tactics to keep communities safe in order to reduce crime rates. Proactive, intelligence-led policing has shown to have a far-reaching, positive socioeconomic impact.

Law Enforcement Technology Infographic

Law Enforcement Technology Infographic

NC4 Street Smart® provides law enforcement technology that streamlines operations. This gained efficiency allows more time to be put toward solving and preventing crime.

5 Ways to Reduce Crime in Your Community

5 Ways to Reduce Crime in Your Community

Crime prevention and reduction is a complex issue with many different schools of thought. A multitude of societal factors play a part in community crime rates. Everything from access to preschool to amped-up street lights can have a positive impact on reducing crime rates. While understanding underlying issues like poverty, inequality, drugs, and gun control is incredibly important in order to significantly reduce crime, there are several small steps that law enforcement agencies and citizens alike can help prevent and reduce crime in their own communities right now.

Thibodaux Police Department in Louisiana adding portable cameras to its officers

Thibodaux Police Department in Louisiana adding portable cameras to its officers

The Thibodaux Police Department in Thibodaux, Louisiana, recently received a $15,000 grant from the Lorio Foundation to help improve policing technology for its officers.

3 Public Service Agencies Using NC4 Street Smart

3 Public Service Agencies Using NC4 Street Smart

Public safety agencies of large cities and small rural communities are discovering more and more the need for high-level law enforcement technology in helping their organizations. From data storage to easy-to-use, real-time maps, NC4 Street Smart® is a system that offers benefits on many levels. Information needs to be accessible to officers while on patrol, both quickly and accurately. Our software has taken that unique situation into account with features that are custom created for law enforcement professionals.

Emmas Story How NCCPD helped spread some holiday cheer

Emmas Story How NCCPD helped spread some holiday cheer

The holidays are a time for spreading joy and generosity. Last holiday season, Emma Short decided to do her part by selling hand-made pictures in exchange for donations. The endeavor started out small, only reaching close friends and family, but when the Shorts created a Facebook page for the event, it grew to new heights.

Tampa Police Departments RICH House

In 2000, the Tampa Police Department set out to create a safe haven for at risk youth in the community and a place to foster the police and community relationship. With that goal in mind, the Resources In Community Hope or RICH House Program in Sulphur Springs was created. The mission of the program is to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life through cooperative partnerships with all citizens.

Remembering the Legacy of Deputy Rickey Warren

Deputy Rickey Warren spent his career helping at-risk youth in his community turn their lives around and make better choices. As he retires from the Sheriff's Office, NC4 with the Sarasota County Sheriff's office would like to remember his legacy and thank him for the impact he made on the community.

Casting with Cops Breaking Barriers Developing Relationships

The Community Services unit of the New Castle County Police Department is always looking for new and fun ways to connect with the community. Recently, the department held a fishing event at a local park to bring people together for a day of fun.

New Castle County Crossing Guards Keeping Students Safe

A new school year has begun and NC4 wanted to take the time to highlight the crossing guards who help our students cross streets safely, as well as share tips on how to keep school zones safe for everyone.

Sarasota County Sheriffs Office Answers Why did you choose law enforcement

Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) recently said, "Every day, America's Sheriffs put on a badge and risk their lives to serve the rest of us. When tragedy strikes, they are there, literally running toward the danger to save others."

Grants Available for Law Enforcement Agencies and Updated Technology

Grants Available for Law Enforcement Agencies and Updated Technology

Technological improvements in law enforcement generally require updated equipment for each patrol car, a system for the central office, and an interface to tie together all components. Depending on the number of patrol cars, dispatchers, and resource officers within the department, the amount spent on technology can quickly add up.

Police Agencies Across the Country Implementing Real Time Crime Centers

Police Agencies Across the Country Implementing Real Time Crime Centers

Wilmington, Delaware's police department recently updated their crime surveillance system with a state-of-the-art data-driven crime center. Trained personnel in the central control room of The Real Time Crime Center track police officers as they respond to calls, share information from patrol car to patrol car, and give status updates on open cases.

Rochester Experiences a Decrease in Violent Crime Due to Adoption of Intelligence Led Policing

Rochester Experiences a Decrease in Violent Crime Due to Adoption of Intelligence Led Policing

Nationwide, violent crime is experiencing an upswing with many cities noting an increase of nearly 4%. Rochester, New York, is an exception to this statistic, however, with violent crimes falling approximately 3% for 2015.

4 Myths of Intelligence Led Policing

4 Myths of Intelligence Led Policing

Do you believe some of the most commonly held fallacies regarding intelligence-led policing? Here is a list of widely believed misconceptions on this type of law enforcement tech:

What Law Enforcement can learn from the NFL

What Law Enforcement can learn from the NFL

The NFL were crunching stats before the buzz phrase “Big Data” even existed (think the film, Moneyball). From installing RFID data sensors in players’ shoulder pads and NFL arenas, to using statistics to gauge the success of specific plays, the NFL are ahead of the game when it comes to implementing new technology. So what can law enforcement learn from the NFL?

LEIM 38th annual conference ready to educate law enforcement on technology

LEIM 38th annual conference ready to educate law enforcement on technology

Law enforcement agencies are getting prepared for the 38th annual 2014 Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Training Conference and Technology Exposition, which will be held May 20-22 in Atlanta, Ga.

Technology and Law Enforcement Why it Matters

Technology and Law Enforcement Why it Matters

Law enforcement technology is changing faster than ever, and these changes are profoundly shaping the way law enforcement agencies operate and how they are budgeted. As such, police departments around the country must keep up-to-date on the latest intelligence-led policing innovations.

Why Technology Is an Integral Part of Crime Fighting

Why Technology Is an Integral Part of Crime Fighting

Typically, when the average person thinks of digital technology, whether it is mobile phones, GPS systems, cameras, or even social media, crime reduction probably is not the first thought. But as technology progresses, more and more existing and emerging technologies are being employed in crime fighting, raising the bar for law enforcement technology.

New law enforcement technologies help officers outpace criminals

Technology is among the most important assets law enforcement officers have in the fight against crime. The use of hardware and software to enhance

Long Island police look to the skies for technological patrol advantage

The never-ending quest for effective technology that increases visibility and extends the reach of law enforcement has taken to the skies in the metro New York area. The police departments in Nassau and Suffolk Counties - the two municipalities that make up Long Island - recently upgraded the video technology on their helicopters, a change that could significantly improve the ability of those flying units to transmit information to officers on the ground.

Chicopee MA police use variety of tactics to combat crime increase

The Chicopee, Massachusetts, Police Department recently increased its ability to see into parts of the city, among many other recently implemented strategies and tactics, in an attempt to curb a recent spate of gang-related crime.

Fresno CA PD reveals new high tech management system

Police in Fresno, California, have a powerful new tool for combating crime in their area. The system doesn't offer one specific advancement or improvement in the way local law enforcement respond to incidents and prevent crime.

Denver police implement license plate scanners

Police officers in Denver can now sit in their patrol cars and receive notifications when residents with outstanding warrants or stolen vehicles drive by. So far, the Denver Police Department has found success with the new technology.

St Louis police taking a different approach to camera technology

Body cameras have been a hot topic in the realm of law enforcement technology in recent months. This hardware offers two major advantages: the ability to maintain an accurate record of the actions of officers and those they interact with and the recording of useful evidence for the legal proceedings that follow an arrest.

Palo Alto police using integrated video system for more intelligence

In an effort to provide its officers with better, more actionable information while on patrol, the Palo Alto, California police department has equipped its cruisers with a multi-camera system that captures and records more than the standard dashboard camera.

Hong Kong protests cease for the moment but could return

The enduring pro-democracy protests in the heart of Hong Kong's downtown district were dismantled by military and law enforcement on December 11,

Body camera test for NYC officers begins

A test of a popular form of police technology is in its beginning stages at some of the precincts of the nation's largest police force. Officers across New York City will start using body cameras to document on-duty interactions with both suspects and the general public, creating an impartial record of these events.

Ewing NJ PD to make technological upgrades

The Ewing, New Jersey, Police Department is taking steps toward major technology upgrades for patrol officers.

New Des Moines IA police chief wants to focus on technology

A veteran of the Des Moines, Iowa police force has been named the interim chief for the department, and he has both a background and interest in improving police technology.

Raleigh NC police making move to facial recognition technology

The Raleigh, North Carolina police department is trying out a facial recognition technology to aid its crime control efforts. The major application of the software during the test period will be comparing surveillance photos from crime scenes with booking photos from people who are currently or have previously been housed in the county jail.

Police officers beginning to use hand deployed cameras in high risk situations

There's been plenty of talk about officers wearing cameras as part of their uniforms, with some large police departments realizing good results from the use of such devices. Another type of camera, one thrown into position by the officers using it, is starting to attract attention as well.

Study Fewer complaints when officers have body cameras

While many citizens are calling for officers to wear body cameras to record their actions, the agents themselves are calling for the use of cameras, too. Despite the technology still being new for many departments, early reports show that when accountability is increased, there are fewer complaints and reports of incorrect information during an arrest, pull over or confrontation.

Police department in Campbell Ohio adds patrolling officers to catch criminals

After a sudden boost in break-ins, thefts, burglaries and robberies in Campbell, Ohio, the local police department decided to go back to one of its oldest tactics by adding more patrolling officers to the area.

Live look inside the Midwest Security Police Conference Expo in Tinley Park Illinois

The Midwest Security and Police Conference/Expo was underway on Aug. 19, and several local, state and federal police districts were in attendance to check out the newest gear and to take in the numerous educational conferences.

Athens Police Department adjusts to new technology

In the past, Athens, Ohio, police officers were limited with their communication abilities by using minimal-range radios in their cruisers. Violations and police reports were written with pencil and paper, which made filing and documenting crime reports difficult to sort and read.

13th Annual Midwest Security and Police Conference Expo gears up for Tinley Park IL

The Midwest Security and Police Conference/Expo is just around the corner and numerous police departments across the nation will be present as vendors showcase the newest and latest products for security and law enforcement professionals.

Police departments in Michigan moving toward a single data sharing network

Police departments in Michigan moving toward a single data sharing network

Law enforcement agencies continually try to upgrade their suspect information by creating better ways to share the data through new technology. In Novi, Mich., police department executives are gathering more information on suspects and normal citizens to cut costs and create better methods of communication.

Police officers in New Brunswick N J add video recording devices to patrol cars

Police officers in New Brunswick N J add video recording devices to patrol cars

Police departments are continually trying to stay ahead of the game with the newest technology available for officers in the field. According to the Sentinel, there are 31 New Brunswick, N.J., patrol cars that recently installed new mobile video recorders and cameras to be able to obtain information at any time.

Communication app helps officers in the field

A new application for police officers could help agents communicate between one another in the event of a major crisis. According to Reuters, the BlueLine Grid app was created to let officers use similar Skype-like technology to make quick conference calls and send and retrieve information between agents through a wireless network.

Greensboro Police Department looks to online database to recover stolen items

In Greensboro, North Carolina, the city police department is now inviting residents to use their police serial number computer system to log items into their database in case an object is ever stolen.

NYPD gets mobile with new police tablets

The New York Police Department is quickly adapting to new technology to help them solve crimes and keep neighborhoods safe. According to Metro News, the NYPD information technology team provided officers with new mobile tablets that lets them access police records and other databases at their fingertips.

NYPD eyeing new technology such as Google Glass

NYPD eyeing new technology such as Google Glass

As technology in the U.S. grows, so do the devices used by the armed men and women protecting our cities. Police departments around the nation are always looking for new ways to stay ahead of the game, and to protect citizens.

More police departments see the benefits of crime map technology

With the help of technology, many police departments across the U.S. are becoming more efficient with the way they respond to crimes, in addition to the way crimes are solved, reported and documented.

Miami Police Department to add 400 high tech cameras around the city

In Miami, Florida, the police department has been looking for a way to decrease the amount of crime and recently looked to technology to help the cause.

Valdosta Police Department seeing success with GPS technology

The Valdosta Police Department in Valdosta, Georgia, added a new police technology system at the beginning of the year that locates the nearest patrolling officer and alerts them about the crime in progress.

Gunshot sensor technology gaining popularity in East Chicago

In East Chicago, the police department is celebrating its lowest crime record in the area in nearly 18 years because of the agencies move toward predictive and proactive police technology being used by officers.

Palo Alto Police Department uses tracking technology to capture car thief

The Palo Alto Police Department are thanking a new tracking technology system that helped officers recover a stolen luxury vehicle and apprehend the suspected thief in the case, the Mercury News reported.

Hazlet N J police department receives new mobile computers and license plate readers

In Hazlet, New Jersey, the local police department received an approved bond ordinance for $350,000 that will allocate $150,000 toward new police data terminals, which work as large computers that can be transferable between patrolling cars, the Independent reported.

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

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.

Pooler Georgia Police Force Embraces Technology

Pooler Georgia Police Force Embraces Technology

In Pooler, Georgia, the Pooler Police Department isn't one of the larger agencies in the state, but recently, the department became one of most technologically advanced.

South Bloomfield Police Department gets mobile with new tablets

Police departments across the U.S. are beginning to adopt mobile computer devices to help them stop the crime in their cities. As for Ohio's South Bloomfield Police Department, they recently invested in new mobile tablets and applications to help them access information in the field.

The necessity of technology in the police industry

The necessity of technology in the police industry

As the overall technology industry continues to grow and consumer devices improve, police agencies around the U.S. are moving to adopt new technology to keep up with the pace of innovation.

Arizona police department puts funding toward technology improvements

Arizona police department puts funding toward technology improvements

The Paradise Valley Police Department in Arizona, had some big decisions to make after numerous burglaries were reported in 2012, the first of which was upgrading policing technology in the station.

Rogers County Sheriff s Department applies new crime map software to repertoire

Rogers County Sheriff s Department applies new crime map software to repertoire

In the past, police departments used city maps and push pins to track local crimes. However, more police agencies are moving toward advanced technology and crime map software to get more detailed information on crimes and their locations.

Poughkeepsie Police Department upgrading dispatch communication software

Poughkeepsie Police Department upgrading dispatch communication software

City officials and law enforcement executives in Poughkeepsie, New York, are pleased to receive a new grant for the police department to upgrade its emergency response communication software.

Fighting gun violence in Seattle a growing concern for the police department

Fighting gun violence in Seattle a growing concern for the police department

In Seattle, Wash., the police department had their hands full with an increasing amount of gun violence with five separate shootings occurring in the time span between April 18 and April 25.

New technology helping Carbondale Police Department reopen cold cases

New technology helping Carbondale Police Department reopen cold cases

The world of police technology has completely changed the way officers and detectives see cold cases. Newer police technology has helped many law enforcement agencies reopen cases that simply could not be solved without the aid of additional tools.

Roanoke Police Department takes crime data seriously

Roanoke Police Department takes crime data seriously

Reducing the crime rate has been a major focus for the Roanoke Police Department since it made a commitment to lower the amount of cases in the city.

More police stations turning to big data management technology

More police stations turning to big data management technology

Police departments are trying to find more ways to cut out the middleman when obtaining information about potential suspects. When a crime happens in a public setting such as a convenience store, it's likely caught on video. Law executives continue their search for technology that moves such video into officers' hands for accurate and speedy arrests.

Gov Cuomo gives 1M in grants to 31 of the state s police departments

Gov Cuomo gives 1M in grants to 31 of the state s police departments

New York law enforcement agencies received some good news on April 15 after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 31 agencies will receive a collective $1 million in grants to help stop the crime.

New facial recognition technology gaining popularity with police departments

New facial recognition technology gaining popularity with police departments

Facial recognition software is starting to become more widespread among police departments while they are in the hunt to find criminals. New police technology is able to use mug shot evaluation processes to search through the state's database of driver's licenses or police records to match up with criminals.

Baltimore Police Department adds 300 new computers to improve crime fighting technology

Baltimore Police Department adds 300 new computers to improve crime fighting technology

The Baltimore Police Department received a much needed technological boost in the beginning of April with the agency purchasing 300 new computers for their nine district stations.

Paradise Valley Ariz police department receives 2 3 million for new technology

Paradise Valley Ariz police department receives 2 3 million for new technology

In Paradise Valley, Ariz., the town council recently approved funding for $2.3 million in technological upgrades throughout the city's police department.

IACP 121st Annual Conference and Exposition set for Oct 25 28

IACP 121st Annual Conference and Exposition set for Oct 25 28

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is holding their 121st Annual Conference and Exposition from Oct. 25-28. Police departments are getting ready to send their law enforcement executives to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., to shop everything from technical crime control equipment in police vehicles to intelligence technology used in the street.

Police departments recruiting younger tech savvy officers

Police departments recruiting younger tech savvy officers

Police departments in the U.S. are quickly turning toward new technology to help stop crime and be one step ahead of criminals.

Mobile technology streamlining police communication operations

Mobile technology streamlining police communication operations

The increase of technology is quickly changing the way police forces run operations, and improving communication is one of the biggest challenges. Officers across the U.S. are benefiting from new 800 MHz radios that use smaller and lighter batteries that can keep personnel on their feet and connected throughout their shift.

Detroit PD planning massive technology upgrades

Detroit PD planning massive technology upgrades

The Detroit Police Department is making major strides to move away from outdated technology and invest in new improvements for officers in the field.

New police technology creating leverage for officers in the field

New police technology creating leverage for officers in the field

While residents in the U.S. are enjoying the surplus of new technological consumer devices, police departments everywhere are trying to see how technology could help them stop the crime. According to Police Chief Magazine, it's essential for police departments to stay current with new technological developments.

Austin Police Department turns to new technology for safer car pursuits

Austin Police Department turns to new technology for safer car pursuits

Police officers know all too well that high-speed chases can turn extremely dangerous in a heartbeat. With fast turns and running red lights, suspects put pedestrians and other drivers' lives at risk, but the future of high-speed chases could be safer with new technology.

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