New law enforcement technologies help officers outpace criminals

Posted on Jan 29, 2016

Technology is among the most important assets law enforcement officers have in the fight against crime. The use of hardware and software to enhance the many aspects of crime control efforts can serve as a force multiplier, making individual officers and the entire department more effective in their daily duties. Police, sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies across the country regularly implement new technology to keep the communities they serve and protect safer and more secure. Here's a look at steps taken by a variety of law enforcement agencies across the country:

"In San Jose and Oakland, technology helped two large police departments deal with staffing shortages."

In the Bay Area
In San Jose and Oakland, technology has helped two major metropolitan police departments deal with staffing shortages. The San Jose Mercury News, reporting on the state of police technology in the area, highlighted the efforts of these two departments to keep the peace as they battle officer shortages.

"When it comes to technology, we want to maximize our operating efficiency," said San Jose Police Department Deputy Chief Jeff Marozick, San Jose Police Department Deputy Chief in the agency's Bureau of Technical Services, to The Mercury News. "San Jose is one of the least-staffed police departments in the nation."

A variety of upgrades
Significant upgrades to what is now standard equipment in the patrol cars of San Jose officers are among the highest priorities for the department. One major point of consideration is the wireless networks used to transmit information between mobile units and precincts. Administrators have a plan to use two carriers simultaneously in an effort to reduce issues with calls and data dropping at crucial moments. New in-car computers will offer both enhanced processing and a dual-modem structure meant to improve reliability and get information out to officers in the field more quickly. Additionally, the department is in the beginning stages of establishing a body camera.

In Pueblo, CO
The Pueblo Police Department has found a way to improve its technological prowess without incurring any additional costs through participation in a beta testing program. Local NBC affiliate KOAA reported the department will soon start using a demand modeling tool to more accurately position officers throughout its jurisdiction. The software uses past data on activity to assign officers based on previous needs and reports. While it's too early to know how the software will affect policing in Pueblo, it's performed well at its other beta testing site.

KOAA reported the city of Arvada was the first to use this technology and, according to the software producer, the demand modeling and distribution system improved the department's operational efficiency by 37 percent. Troy Davenport, Pueblo deputy chief, told KOAA while Arvada has differences in demographics and population levels, he's optimistic about the use of the system in Pueblo. With Pueblo also facing staffing shortages, the demand modeling tool could serve as a force multiplier and help the department improve performance with its existing resources. The Pueblo Police Department will use the system on a trial basis and make a final decision on adoption after a few months of use.

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