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NCJ Number: 229878 Find in a Library
Title: Going Mobile: How Mobile Devices, Surveillance Tools and Apps Have Changed the Beat of Community Patrol
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:37  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:8,10,12,14
Author(s): Sara Schreiber
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 4
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses how mobile devices and high-tech surveillance tools and applications have affected community policing.
Abstract: This article discusses the changes, mostly positive, that have come to community policing as a result of the increased use of mobile devices and high-tech surveillance tools. The article provides examples of changes made by various police departments to incorporate the use of mobile devices. The use of these devices gives officers immediate access to information, and allows quicker and more efficient communication with citizens and other agencies. In addition, having the information available on demand means the officers are able to spend more time out in the community and less time back at headquarters. The use of the devices also allows neighboring agencies to interact more effectively with one another increasing the efficiency of law enforcement. Rather than isolating officers, the use of mobile devices and high-tech surveillance tools has resulted in an increase in surveillance, awareness, and communication within communities.
Main Term(s): Community policing
Index Term(s): Community relations; Digital communications; Mobile digital communications; Police community relations; Police effectiveness; Police resource allocation; Policing innovation; Telecommunications equipment
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