What is a Blackberry?
More and more, blackberries
are becoming frequently used on the job.
They are very clever devices and have a host of
So, what is a blackberry?
Their website defines the blackberry as a combination of
"award winning devices, software and services to keep mobile
professionals in touch with the people, data and resources
that drive their day."
A more simple definition
would define the blackberry as a hand-held device which
serves as a cellular phone, personal organizer, wireless
Internet browser, speakerphone, long-range digital
walkie-talkie, and mini-laptop which can send and receive email from just
Now, of course, the features
included depend on the particular model.
Who is Using Blackberry?
Blackberry also has programs
specifically designed for our field. Last year,
LAPD put 200 units into operation for their senior
commanders. The idea behind it was to free these
officers from their computers allowing them to spend more
time in the field.
Security Issues with
Blackberries come in all
shapes and sizes and with many uses in mind. Clearly,
industries needing the ability to communicate sensitive
information, such as ours, were thought of during the
AES and Triple DES encryption
are available for both the Blackberry devices and the
Blackberry servers. Additional software and
applications are also available from several companies.
This, obviously, is a sought
feature for agencies requiring an extra level of security.
Blackberry Applications for
There is an extensive amount
of software available for Blackberry devices, and some were
specifically designed for the job. Info-Cop, known for their
MDT software packages, now has software for Blackberry
devices. The Talon Blackberry Edition is another
software package with numerous features.
What Features Could
Blackberry Offer Our Agency?
An officer on horse patrol
could run a stopped suspect NCIC. Narcotics guys on a
search warrant can pull up pictures of arrested persons to
compare with the subjects in the house. Detectives can
run plate checks right from their surveillance location
without using the radio.
VIN checks, warrant checks,
gun histories, DL checks, and just about everything you
could imagine can be done with a blackberry loaded with the
Blackberry - The Cost
Blackberries range in price
from $99. to $500. and can be purchased in both retail
stores and online. If you are looking to research a
purchase, you should contact a Blackberry representative to
determine exactly which model and software you need for your
purposes and which pricing plan would be right for you.
Infocop Now Available for Blackberry