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Your Next Patrol Computer Could be a Phone
Making Your Agency Ready for Next-Gen Communications
POLICE Survey: Law Enforcement and Technology

POLICE Survey: Law Enforcement and Technology

A dizzying variety of hardware and software tools are now available for police operations. But are they actually being used? We sent a special survey out to law enforcement officers to find out. Here's what we discovered.

October 18, 2019

New Challenges in Cyber Forensics

New Challenges in Cyber Forensics

Today's digital investigator must learn how to extract evidence from drones, encrypted portable devices, cryptocurrency trades, and a growing range of appliances and products defined as the Internet of Things (IoT).

July 13, 2018

Smart Phone Apps: Extra Features

Smart Phone Apps: Extra Features

Today we throw around the term "smartphone" with emphasis on the "phone" part of the word. But our real attention should be paid to the "smart." The processing power of these devices and their capabilities go far beyond cellular telephony. And manufacturers of law enforcement technology products have taken notice.

February 8, 2017

Police Product Test: LifeProof iPhone 4S Case

Police Product Test: LifeProof iPhone 4S Case

I tested a police blue LifeProof case on my iPhone 4S for a month for this review. And I tortured the thing. It's klutz proof and I believe it's also cop proof.

March 23, 2013

Wasting Emergency Assets

Wasting Emergency Assets

Something like 38% of all 911 calls in New York City are now attributed to the phenomenon known as "butt-dialing." The New York City 911 operators receive 10.4 million calls a year and nearly 4 million of them are accidental. And the Big Apple is not alone in suffering from this problem. It's a nationwide plague caused by a little-known cellphone feature.

June 7, 2012

Will Police Radios and Smartphones Merge?

Will Police Radios and Smartphones Merge?

Many experts say the smartphone will not become a truly viable law enforcement tool until a new high-speed data (LTE) system for public safety is in place. But even with the current commercial cellular data system smartphones are playing a major role in law enforcement operations.

February 22, 2012

Harris Corp.'s BeOn P25 Radio App

Harris Corp.'s BeOn P25 Radio App

Harris Corp.'s BeOn software app, which was demonstrated at this year's Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO) conference in Philadelphia, inexpensively converts an Android smartphone into a push-to-talk (PTT) Project 25 radio.

October 10, 2011

Secret Agent: Sur-Tec's VP Covert App

Secret Agent: Sur-Tec's VP Covert App

Sur-Tec's VP Covert Audio and GPS software suite is a patented surreptitious listening tool for law enforcement that allows an undercover officer or CI to stream live audio and GPS to one or more computers. The mobile application element of the software runs in the background on the user's smartphone.

May 3, 2011