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Taking the Office to the Squad Car with Tablets

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Modern police cars, budgets permitting, can be outfitted with a great deal of advanced technology that not only makes work safer for law enforcement officers, but which also makes that work more efficient. Having laptop computers in squad cars has become commonplace. With robust reporting software and the ability to access databases of license plates, warrants and other information that’s vital to law enforcement personnel, they can save time and, potentially, save lives. Tablets provide an alternative that has several advantages compared to the laptop computers that are so commonly found mounted in squad cars.

Versus the Tablet

Most laptop computers are mounted in the squad car with a swivel mount, which most people will have seen and which is very well known. These contraptions are bulky and dangerous when the side airbag is deployed. In fact, for many years now, laptops have been the go-to solution for mobile computing and law enforcement is only one of many occupations where laptops have made life easier and more convenient. Tablets provide their own set of advantages, however, and it starts with size.

The Size Advantage

Tablet computers are thin, light and designed to be manipulated by touching directly on the screen, which eliminates the need for a keyboard component. This can save a great deal of space in a squad car, while still providing the officer with access to a fully-featured keyboard that allows them to file reports, search databases and so forth. 

Like laptop computers, tablets can run on several different operating systems. Based on our experience, windows is the best way currently. Most PD’s use a host of different applications on the laptops and all of them currently run windows. 

With software that’s designed to be efficient, to network seamlessly with law enforcement resources such as databases and communications setups and more, tablet computers can turn a squad car into a veritable office and do it without taking up as much space as a laptop. As any working officer can attest, room in squad cars is always at a premium. With tablet computers, it’s possible to increase the capabilities and efficiency of software designed for the law enforcement community, to maximize the use of officer time and to save room in the squad car at the same time.

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