Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

Home  >  Police Products  >  Technology

February 08, 2014
Print Comment RSS

High-tech gear quickly transforming police work

From laptops and smart phones to body cameras and increased firepower, policing has transformed within a generation

By Andrew Blankstein
NBC News

Cops of today have far greater resources at their fingertips, including hardware and software that used to reside at the station house. A police cruiser now typically is equipped with at least one laptop, giving instant access to national criminal databases, as well as portable fingerprint scanners, Breathalyzer units and automatic license-plate-reader technology that can identify stolen cars while cruising down the street, even at a high speeds. And while not department issued, personal smart phones and, specifically, policing-related apps are expanding officers’ one-stop data search capabilities.

But experts and veteran law enforcement officials say that straight-forward mission is rapidly giving way to a more complex and nuanced form of policing. It’s a world in which technology and instant communication help that beat cop serve and protect, while simultaneously demanding new levels of training and accountability and raising serious civil liberties concerns.

Request product info from top Technology companies.
First: *
Last: *
Department: *
Department size: *
Email: *
Zip Code: *
Telephone: *
I recommend or purchase products for my Department: *
Purchasing Timeframe: *
*Required Field

"It's like the difference in getting across the country on horseback like the pioneers did or flying in a jet from New York to California," Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents some 10,000 officers, said of the rapid-fire changes sweeping police departments across the country. "And it's happened in the span of a career."

Full Story: Meet the Mega Cops: High-Tech Crime Gear Transforms Police Work

PoliceOne Offers

Technology Sponsors

Featured Distributor

Featured Products

UFED Touch Ultimate

UFED Touch Ultimate

POWER HAWK N.E.R.A.T. Unmanned Robot

POWER HAWK N.E.R.A.T. Unmanned Robot

Featured Videos

Top Product Articles

Featured Deals

Featured Product Categories

New Products

Police Technology Questions

PoliceOne Offers