Along with laptops and speed radars, most law enforcement agencies now equip squads with digital video cameras and recording equipment.
"An officer can press the mic on his belt or lapel, and it records," Crabill said. "When someone calls and says the officer was rude or unfair, we can just play them the recording."
The Jo Daviess County Sheriff's department is comparable to
"That has definitely saved us time from having deputies come back to the office to write up reports," said Jo Daviess County Sheriff
One major tech project for his department right now is installing a new communications system, in compliance with a Federal Communications Commissions mandate. That yearlong project should be wrapped up in two months.
Another tech upgrade the city of
"They're typically on 24/7," Ness said.
"Any time we have a crime, we immediately look around to see where the cameras are," Engleman said. "Surveillance is something you don't really think of that's helped us a ton."
Tobin added, "Surveillance will be the wave of the future."
Currently, Tobin said, footage from 25 cameras can be streamed directly by the emergency dispatch. Ness said that will increase once all department systems are uniform.
Surveillance video has aided officers in tracking and identifying suspects, but the system isn't perfect. Three men arrested as part of a
"It's not foolproof," Tobin said. "It's a useful tool, but it doesn't replace the investigative process: hitting the streets, talking to people and developing information."
"So far, they've been a real nice tool for our officers," McKinley said.
Technological advances also changed how cases are investigated. The major example for
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