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Baltimore Police Uses BlackBerry For Faster Crime Crushing

We met up with the representatives from the Baltimore Police department at WES 2010. The Baltimore police has gone mobile with the use of BlackBerry devices to fight crime. The department issued BlackBerry devices to their patrol officers to allow them to check for warrants and check identity through the use software on their BlackBerry. The officer out on patrol can be updated with area warrants, take pictures, map and track officer location.

Key points:

* Officers take pictures

* runs background check right from BlackBerry

* Officer can input tag numbers and DL to the system for background checks

* Officers use the 8330, and tour, also testing the 8530

*Officers feel they gained a minimum of a half an hour a day due to faster turnaround time.

The Otterbox helped police keep BlackBerry safe from dogs chewing on it and cars running over them.  The OtterBox cases keep the BlackBerry safe and attached to the officers utility belt.

Another feature the Baltimore police department uses is the expandable memory on BlackBerry with file encryption. This allows the officer to take pictures and keep the data safe in the BlackBerry.

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  1. Criminals have been using BBs for a long time, about time the police catch up

  2. DOOD! I wanna be able to do background checks from my handheld :-p. Think they’ll share the app?

  3. I love reading of another police department adding BlackBerry devices to their units. I live in Mass. and I remember seeing something on our local news, covering a debate in Rhode Island, where citizens of a particular town in Rhode Island were outraged that their police department were issuing BlackBerry devices to their force. Don’t they understand how useful a BlackBerry can be on the streets?

    The only problem I see in this article is: They shouldn’t be purchasing anything lower on the BlackBerry totem pole than the Tour 9630. The difference in EV-DO speed of the 8330 compared to the Tour is significant. The 8530 isn’t too bad, but it still ships with a crappy 2.0MP camera.

    Anyway, I hope to see more and more police departments wising up and putting smartphone in the hands of their officers!

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