When Now the assistant police chief, Tobin couldn't imagine then how much the job would change.
"When I first started, there were guys that were 20-25 years with the department that said the job isn't what it used to be," he said. "Now I say that."
With huge advancements in technology, the tools and equipment used by local law enforcement have revolutionized how cases are investigated, reports are filed and operations are run for the departments.
The advent of new technology has been a big help for the department, but criminals also have upgraded their methods.
"We average about 200 cases a year (in criminal investigations division), and a very high percentage of the cases we look into involve some digital aspect," said Capt.
One of the most useful devices available to Engleman's division is a machine that can pull text and call records from most cellphones, giving investigators valuable insight as well as a better time line of incidents. They can even pull up deleted texts.
"It's been huge for us," he said. "I remember using cell records to solve a homicide, harassment cases and sexual exploitation cases."
The technology also is increasingly used by law-breakers. In particular, Engleman has seen a dramatic increase in phone and email scams where criminals ask victims for money or personal information. And with most originating overseas, the department doesn't have many options to pursue scammers.
"That's the frustrating thing," Engleman said. "We only have so many resources locally."
The tech upgrades have extended to squad cars.
Speed radars also have come a long way, according to
"Fuzz busters" were once a popular illegal option for speeders to detect or scramble a police radar, but upgrades helped police fight back.
"The vast majority of radar/laser jamming products are ineffective and, in some cases, actually enhance the radar/laser targeting distance and performance," Baxter said.
Now the assistant police chief, Tobin couldn't imagine then how much the job would change.