This handheld device allows deputies in the field to use fingerprint scans to retrieve data on suspects who have been fingerprinted before. Made by 3M Cogent Systems, the device has been a boon to investigations. “In the past a suspect could use his brother’s information and it’s correct—it’s just not him,” says LASD Capt. Mike Parker. “Now with BlueCheck, we have all the person’s information on the [MDC] screen, including photos.” Part of the LASD’s recent mobile data computer deployment, BlueCheck is one of many tools that enhance officer safety and efficiency on patrol.
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The LASD’s LPR program, dubbed ASAP, has grown from three vehicles in 2007 to a fleet of 70 Ford Interceptors today. Key to the success of the program is the ability to share data with other units that don’t have LPR. “We had a recent string of burglaries in Santa Clarita,” says Parker. “An MDC instructor pulls over and accesses his desktop computer remotely. Then he accesses the department LPR databases and starts monkeying around with the plate to get the right number. Then he looks for hits in the field and is able to bring up photos of the vehicle—not just DMV records, make and model—now, instead, he has the bumper stickers and the camper shell and everything. These guys were in the process of doing their third burglary in an hour when we caught them.” Please see below for descriptions of each component.
Because LASD’s LPR program was developed before their MDC deployment, the platform was designed to run absent an MDC. The Pips Technology processor networks to a Motorola MW810 platform. The system is fast, accurate and rugged.
The LASD went with Panasonic’s CF-31 computer—a fast and rugged choice—which runs on the Windows 7 operating system. Seamless network connections are provided by cellular and Wi-Fi facilities, with NetMotion toggling between the fastest connection available. This, in turn, provides deputies in the field with access to departmental databases, the Internet, maps, GPS and more.
FEATURED IN TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
With nearly 10,000 sworn officers, there’s no question that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is big. But recent investments in technology—and a long-term commitment to technology as a force multiplier—have made the LASD remarkably efficient and a shining example of the future of policing in America.