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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  Memphis Officers Using PDA's


Memphis Officers
Using PDA's

Personal Digital Assistants Making their Mark on the Street

Police and Law Enforcement News
Thursday, March 22, 2006 5:21 p.m.

Technology continues to improve the way we do our job each day.  The latest story is out of Memphis, Tennessee.

Last year, officers with the Memphis PD were equipped with personal digital assistants or PDA's.  The goal was for the PDA's to reduce the amount of time necessary for officers to spend on non crime-related activities like reports.  No one was sure if the PDA would help the those in the field, but it's now been a year since their inception.


Today, members and the agency are giving high marks to the personal digital assistant.

Instead of using notepads to record information only to bring it back to the station to be rewritten or typed, officers are actually doing the reports while interviewing the complainants or citizens.

One officer told WREG Memphis, "I can do a report that would take me an hour, I can do it in ten minutes."  Another followed up with, "I don't have to go back and rewrite everything from my notepad."

Administrators are crediting the PDA with saving the agency in overtime costs since officers don't end up staying over as much for reports.

Now, the officers can spend more time on calls, more time on the street, and more time with the community.

The PDA's have even reduced radio traffic as officers can now pull up computer information including warrants on suspects right over the device.

Right now the department is paying $40.00 per month for each device in subscription fees.  The actual PDA devices were donated by Verizon.


Police and Law Enforcement News
Thursday, March 22, 2006 5:21 p.m.

Memphis Officers Using PDA's

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