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Is There An App for That?

We've identified 46 smartphone apps that bring an array of in-field technology tools to patrol officers.

January 06, 2011  |  by Tim Dees - Also by this author

There are many mobile applications designed specifically for law enforcement officers, and even more that were intended for a more general audience, but that cops will find useful.

We've listed 24 of the apps below, including some from both the police and non-police market sectors. Also, view our photo gallery, "Smartphone Apps for LE," for 22 additional apps with screenshot images.

Not listed here are apps with information pertaining to specific jurisdictions, such as indexes of state laws, vehicle codes, etc. Search online to see if your state's or other jurisdiction's statutes have been coded into an app you can carry with you.

Area Codes and Zip Codes

Self-explanatory. Platform: iPhone.


Rifle sighting data and guide. Platform: iPhone.


Take photos with the iPhone camera without being obvious about it. Platform: iPhone.

Decibel Meter

Measure noise levels-useful for drivers with loud sound systems. Disclaimer: "for entertainment purposes only." Platform: iPhone.

Dragon Dictation

Voice-to-text app for dictation of memos, messages. Platform: iPhone.


Retrieves e-mail at preset intervals, reads messages to you, and allows you to reply by voice. Platform: iPhone, BlackBerry.

Emergency Distress Beacon

Send your GPS coordinates to a preset address with one touch. Platform: iPhone, Android.

Find My iPhone

Locate, lock and wipe your iPhone remotely if lost-now free. Platform: iPhone.

Google Earth

Detailed satellite imagery of any area in the world. Plan entry and exit routes, perimeter stations. Platform: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia/Symbian.


Looks like a connection to an online dating site, but when run, sends the GPS coordinates of your phone to a preset address. Anti-theft app. Platform: iPhone.


Symptom checker to determine if you or someone else needs medical attention. Platform: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Mobile.

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