How technology improved communications and training of the police?
With the continuous development of new technology, police work has advanced more in the last 15 years, since an officer has carried a badge and carried a gun. Computers are at the forefront of technological revolution that is modernizing the world of law enforcement and streamlining in the way that the official police prevent and detect crime and catch criminals.
Mobile data terminals
Computer technology has been useful in improving communication in the community of law enforcement. Most police cars now come equipped with mobile data terminals (MDT). The MST is basically a laptop high power that is mounted and wired in a police vehicle. The MDT allows a police officer to run license plates and driver’s licenses. All the officer needs to know about a car and its operator is there in your hands.GPS location
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The MST also comes with GPS tracking. This has two advantages. It allows the police officer to see where all the time on a map on the screen of MST, and also allows the dispatch center can see where the police officer is on an electronic map. If a dispatcher has reason to believe that the officer is in trouble, help can be sent up to the exact location. The MST also comes with an emergency button. If pressed, dispatchers send support immediately knows the exact location of a security officer. The office can also follow if the officer is in a search. In recent years, the agents had to continuously update the radio in the location of your search. Now, however, you can keep going without updates continued the officer, and the officer can only focus on search.
Another key aspect of computers is the dissemination of information in a timely manner. You can refer to the patrol officer updates on recent crimes in their patrol area, even if he is or not patrolling. Even the photos, if available, can be sent instantly to help agents in arresting suspects. A recent case of a bank robbery is a good example. Surveillance images of a suspect have been downloaded from video cameras in the bank and immediately spread to the MDTs in police vehicles. The police set up roadblocks, and instead of a basic description of the suspect, the police had to work a real photo.
The cell of the official police is now an invaluable tool in the fight against crime. Some agencies are taking advantage of new and improved technologies that exist in the cell. The cell can be programmed to alert police about crimes, wanted persons and emergencies that are happening around her patrol area. The police can also receive alerts from nearby jurisdictions about criminal activities that may have a direct effect on research currently being conducted.
Technology is making the most efficient police communications, but sometimes has the opposite effect on training. Technology is taking away space police training. The officers are constantly trained and retrained in the use of new technologies. The officers who are not on the streets, are being trained and sometimes this tends to create problems of power and budget due to overtime costs. Many police departments are large civil contract specifically to maintain the technological equipment and train police personnel to use it. These civilians are specialists in the technology world and are constantly learning about new developments and how best to incorporate them into police work.