More police stations turning to big data management technology

Posted on Apr 25, 2014

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. According to Police One, integration of voice, video and data could change everything for a police department.

Managing big data

The wealth of information given to a police department also comes with its own set of challenges. According to Police One, departments have to know how to capture, correlate and share the data in real-time to make it actionable. Having instant access to information such as a crime map that details patterns in specific crimes could help officers react faster and mitigate risk easier.


The need for development in police departments and with better technology has spurred more Real-Time Crime Centers (RTCC) to manage voice and video data while using computer intelligence to distribute the information directly to officers on the beat, reported Police One.

Information such as police reports or "be on the look out" reports are stored in large filing cabinet systems and extremely difficult to access, especially if you're searching for specific information. However, many law enforcement agencies are moving to single operating data systems that are updated around the clock to keep officers better informed.

In the past, officers had to collect all their information from roll call boards, notes written in notepads, meeting takeaways and other print-out forms or papers. However, using a singular device that collects all the information and allows officers to view data while in the field will reduce crimes and create more efficient agents.

The increase in police technology means officers need more data storage and police stations are turning to the cloud. According to Police Chief Magazine, some stations are using body-worn cameras that take thousands of pictures while officers are patrolling the streets.

However, if an entire police department of 200 workers wore these devices, it could average around 33 terabytes per year, which is the equivalent of 17 million standard-sized photos. Cloud storage lets officers store important data while taking up minimal space in the office. Police agencies are constantly searching for ways to enhance the quality of their work and it could be done with the right police system software.

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