Fighting crime with… iPads?

unnamedThis week I’ve had a number of conversations with officers in the Spartanburg Police Department about the possibility of having the department use iPads or similar tablet devices. For years now, each patrol cruiser has been stocked with what’s called a Toughbook. They’re heavy, durable laptops and can’t be taken out of the cruisers. They also cost $5,000 a pop.

Officers have been filling my notepad with the benefits to such a switch — cost-savings and usability. As long as all of the same software can run on a tablet, they see great benefit to being able to arrive on a scene and take the tablets out of their cars to use when interviewing victims, collecting evidence, etc.

Right now, the Animal Services officers use them and love them. They’re sort of the test dummies in this situation and will likely weigh in when it comes time to approve such a proposal for the department.

I’ve never heard of police or patrol cruisers being equipped with a tablet device. As far as I know, if the department is able to go through with the plan, it would be among the first to integrate today’s technology with crime fighting and patrolling.

Here’s a link to my article about the proposal, found on the cover of today’s Herald-Journal.

Spartanburg police officials considering tablets for patrol cars


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