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Advancements in technology have benefited many industries, and law enforcement is no exception. With instant access to pertinent data, maps, records and statistics, police officers are better equipped to manage every situation and event, thus augmenting situational awareness and improving overall safety.  

But aside from the obvious benefits affecting officers on the frontlines, there are numerous behind-the-scenes ways in which mobile solutions are enhancing the industry as a whole, and a big part of that comes down to police data.  As budgets tighten, regions densify, and the public’s desire for transparency and accountability puts more demand on diminishing forces, police data is becoming more vital than ever. It allows decision-makers to make informed choices about staffing, improves efficiencies on the backend and in the field, and reduces time spent on menial-but-necessary administrative tasks.

In short, there are countless ways mobile solutions are improving police data, while advancing the law enforcement industry as a whole. Here are what we believe to be the top 3:

1.       Mobile solutions act as a “force multiplier”

With the increased demand being placed on today’s officers, mobile devices and applications are freeing them from the confines of their desks so they can spend more time in the field preventing and solving crime. Even the act of issuing tickets has become faster and more effortless thanks to innovations in mobile technology. As a whole, these advancements contribute to fewer redundancies and a more productive unit. 

“It’s almost like having more officers active all at once,” said Waylon Kenning, product manager for Hexagon's public safety mobile applications and solutions. “Police agencies that embrace a mobile strategy can dramatically cut down on the time-consuming manual processes and make better use of their force, hence augmenting output.”

2.      Mobile solutions decrease errors

Better evidence-capture is the direct result of flawless inputting—whether it’s for the purpose of issuing traffic tickets or taking witness accounts. The reality is, officers in the not-so-distant past were required to spend an enormous amount of time combing through information, hand-drawing diagrams and tediously filling out reports. Thanks to mobile apps and their associated programs, the need to hand-write anything is largely a thing of the past, and mistakes have diminished considerably as a result.

“Mobile solutions have led to a decrease in errors, which speeds up incident resolution and ensures the data being collected is accurate,” said Kenning. “The data being inputted utilizing mobile application ends up being way higher quality than hand written tickets or reports, which only helps agencies further down the line when they want to use their data for things like business intelligence and decision making.”

3.      Mobility allows for more information in the field

As more demand is placed on officers in the field, the demands on the radio network often exceed the capacity available. This means constant radio traffic for common tasks like person and vehicle lookups. All this can be moved away from the radio and to mobile devices. One Australasian customer saw an increase in queries of 400% when moved from radio to mobile devices. This pent up demand is now being easily met with mobility, which in turn frees up the radio channels for more complex tasks.

Find out how Hexagon’s mobile solutions can help you. Download the E-book ‘Advancing Policing Through Technology’ at http://go.hexagonsi.com/mobilityebook.