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10 Top Law Enforcement Apps

These apps for Apple and Android devices make patrol work more efficient and enhance investigations.

August 05, 2011  | 

Offender Locator: Offender Locator by ThinAir Wireless provides locational data from registered offender databases in all 50 states. The app's GPS function allows officers to search for offenders via address, current location, offender name, or a name in your iPhone contacts. Offenders are listed or mapped (red pin icons), and a detail screen provides basic info and offenses. For an Austin (Texas) PD patrol officer, the app "lets me know up-front who I'm dealing with, and if subject is in compliance." Cost: 99 cents.

N-Number: Digital IQ's N-Number app allows officers to get detailed information on aircraft via the "N" or tail number required by the FAA for registration of civil aircraft. The app categorizes the data on three screens-Aircraft, Engine, and Owner. The Aircraft screen provides a detail screen giving the manufacturer, model, type, year, serial number, and number of seats. Investigators can get the address where the aircraft is registered, among other data.

Top 5 Android Apps for Law Enforcement

Droid Law: BigTwit Software's DroidLaw 2.0 allows officers to search sections of state criminal (penal) codes on their mobile devices. This saves valuable time, so officers don't have to pull out the "old code book" and search for the right law or keyword. The app is a shell, and individual states must be downloaded. DroidLaw also provides U.S. copyright law (Title 17), U.S. patent law (Title 35), the U.S. Code, U.S. Supreme Court cases through 2010, and the U.S. Constitution. The app provides one Hamilton County (Ind.) Sheriff's Office deputy a "quick in-hand reference of statutes." Cost: Free.

Smart Tools: For those of you who enjoy the finer points of forensics, Android Boy's Smart Tools is for you. It provides tools for length and angle, distance and height, sound and vibration, as well as a compass and metal detector. The app uses the camera for some of the tools (height, distance, and compass) to provide an accurate reading of the scene you're viewing. The maximum distance measurement on a Motorola Droid 2 is about 300 feet. Cost: $1.99.

U.S. Cop: Mark Brooks' app is organized into tabs such as Index, Case Law, Training, and Messages. The Index section, for example, includes a Traffic section with subsections for information concerning states that require front license plates, accident investigation helps, traffic-stop case law, a tire's size-speed difference, window tint laws, CMV (Commercial Moving Vehicle) out-of-service orders, CMV company snapshots, and LIDAR instructions. The DUI section provides information and instructions on Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST). Officers who answered the survey generally credited the app for providing excellent reference material that's easy to access; many officers said the app helps them identify pills they recover from subjects. Cost: $1.99.

Police Pad: This app from nattayb is a field-reporting tool allowing users to create an "event" with time and date recorded. Events are categorized into tabs such as New Call, On Scene, Interview, Arrest, Ticket, Statement, Car Accident, and Booked. Supporting information such as pictures, voice notes, and text can be added. As with Police Partner, seek legal advice before using this one. Cost: $1.99.

Cargo Decoder: Strategies In Software's app provides first responders a guide to the material stored in trucks or tankers. A Voice Search feature allows fast querying, and partial UN/NA numbers or material names are recognized. The app provides information on toxic inhalation hazards and protective distance. Cost: Free.


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Comments (8)

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Mark A. Brooks @ 8/7/2011 7:29 PM

Wow! Thanks for the recognition. Just know, I'm dedicated to improving my app with several features to make it even better and a top-choice for law enforcement!

Mark A. Brooks, LLC
- U.S. Cop app for iOS and Android

Michael J. Akers @ 8/9/2011 7:14 AM

The app sounds great Mr. Brooks. I plan on trying it out today. As far as my favorite app goes, I think it would have to be Epocrates or Google Translate. Epocrates allows for quick and easy pill identification during drug cases. Google Translate allows for translation through a wide variety of languages. Both are (or used to be) free for the Android platform.

Michael J. Akers @ 8/9/2011 7:22 AM

One other app which I find extremely handy is Google Voice. It's a voicemail service which slows you to set up a second line for your phone. I give out the additional number to my informants. They can call any time day or night and it hours straight to voicemail. The program then records their message and send it to me via email. It can then be forwarded, burned to a disc, etc. This also keeps my phone from ringing off the hook all the time. Cost: free (Android)

Ten 8 @ 9/13/2011 5:20 PM

New App just on the market for patrol officers. It is a vehicle id system. There are hundreds of modern makes and models no one can be expected to know them all.

Check it out.

Che' Humphrey @ 11/7/2011 8:33 AM

Android has several good English to Spanish Apps, that are free. I have tried to stump it but it will find the translation.

Steven Ellman @ 1/1/2013 11:33 AM

Hi, I have developed a free itunes app and for Police Cars and was wondering if you'd be able to display it somewhere on your site.

Thank you,

Steven Ellman

VantagePoint @ 2/5/2013 10:53 AM

Check out VantagePoint! It is an iOS app that enables secure image and video capturing that is admissible in court using SHA-1 hash to prevent tampering.

Rueben @ 5/15/2013 2:39 PM

Print n Share Pro is perfect on patrol. It will access almost all cloud servers, print an infringement notice there and then to a wifi receipt or other wifi printer. The app has individual officer sign on and does loads more including printing straight back to the Station from the vehicle.

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