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Computers help police officers that work in the field Computers allow the officer to check many things in order to make safer stops on vehicles The officer can check if the car is stolen if the driver has any outstanding warrants or if the driver has a valid drivers license When a police officer stops a driver for speeding or other unlawful activity he usually does not know exactly what kind of situation he or she is getting into The person in the car could be a fleeing felon a drug trafficker or merely a careless driver This technology especially designed for public safety agencies can help law enforcement officers gain more information about the people they encounter before any physical or verbal contact with them Linking the officers in the field with some of the same records available to dispatch agents and officers at police stations help keep the officers safe because it allows them to check criminal histories prior to leaving their car There is a notification that shows up on the officers computer if the driver is a sex offender or he has been arrested for drugs or gang membership This fairly new technology saves time allowing for more productivity in the field and more arrests and a safer environment Without this technology officers must radio a dispatcher to check license tags and IDs The field officers must then wait several minutes to get their information depending on how busy the dispatcher is Although it does not happen very often some police officers have been killed while waiting for information after pulling over a driver who broke a traffic law When officers are in critical situations every minute counts Using radio can take several minutes to get information where computers only take seconds to get the necessary information on the driver Some drug dealers have police scanners that allow them to monitor officers locations travel routs and assignments
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