skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 200024 Find in a Library
Title: Software Speaks, Improving Officer Safety and Efficiency
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:30  Issue:4  Dated:April 2003  Pages:110-117
Author(s): Jeannine Wendorf
Date Published: April 2003
Page Count: 8
Type: Technical Assistance
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses Virtual Partner, a system that verbally relates key items to officers in their vehicles.
Abstract: After entering a tag into a mobile software system, crime databases can return screens of information regarding a suspect vehicle when all the officer needs is the vital information, such as driver description, vehicle description, outstanding warrants, and whether the vehicle is stolen. Overlooking vital information can lead to unfortunate consequences such as releasing a wanted suspect, missing a potential terrorist, or detaining an innocent person. Officers are also distracted from the road, which can lead to losing suspects or accidents with other vehicles. This abundance of information can also lead to frustration by the officers, especially those not very technologically savvy. The Virtual Partner reduces distraction, streamlines the reporting process, and provides clean information for department databases. The core component is the Voice Response application, which analyzes the information from databases and verbally reads to the officer specific results. The Voice Response application also calculates license and registration expiration dates and provides a confirmation for warrant hits. These messages are delivered quickly and accurately using clear, easy to understand voice prompts. Appropriate alert tones notify the officer as to the seriousness of the response. Another component of the Virtual Partner system, the QuickTicket application, has dramatically improved the ticketing and reporting systems of some police departments. The QuickTicket module automatically populates the fields of an agency’s traffic ticket with the information generated while running the initial tag. The officer just needs to choose the proper citation from a pull-down menu, and the QuickTicket application will fill in the appropriate statute, court date, and time. QuickCrash can auto-populate State crash reports directly from the in-car computer. Virtual Partner is a completely modular system so a department can choose what components fit the needs of its officers.
Main Term(s): Automated police information systems; Police equipment
Index Term(s): Automobile theft information systems; Computerized criminal histories; Criminal justice information systems; Information Systems and Technology; Police information systems; Vehicle equipment
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.