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NCJ Number: 175283 Find in a Library
Title: Communication Made Easy
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:25  Issue:7  Dated:July 1998  Pages:34-36
Author(s): R L Paynter
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 3
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Patrol car laptop computers and wireless communication software improve law enforcement communication, lessen the strain on dispatch, and improve operations by putting communication ability at an officer's fingertips.
Abstract: The Kettering Police Department (Ohio), which employs 82 sworn officers and 26 civilians, implemented a wireless communication system that will put laptops in every patrol car to increase officer efficiency, lessen the strain on dispatch, and improve operations. Eight communities, including Kettering, operate off the same system and work together to provide law enforcement services to their communities. Each city's system operates independently of the other cities, but the departments can communicate with one another when necessary. This is just one of the many solutions police departments have found using Cerulean's core product PacketCluster Patrol, which is a wireless communication product used by law enforcement for rapid, real- time communication. PacketCluster serves as the heart of many applications designed for law enforcement. AVL/Mapping technology transmits patrol units' identification numbers, user names, statuses, latitudes, and longitudes from the units and displays them as icons on digital maps. Imaging software enables officers to download key criminal and motor vehicle information from local, State, and national databases and retrieve color mug shots.
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Computer aided operations; Computer hardware systems; Computer software; Ohio; Patrol; Patrol units; Telecommunications equipment
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