Smart use of digital technology by Connected Officers can contribute to better outcomes for both police and the public
What seemed to be a trivial incident mere seconds ago is escalating rapidly. An attending police officer presses the emergency button on their radio to summon backup from nearby colleagues.
This instinctive action starts recording on the officer’s bodyworn camera via Bluetooth connectivity, while simultaneously streaming live footage from the scene back to the control room.
At the same time, recording is automatically triggered on other officers’ cameras in the immediate vicinity, helping capture a clear picture of the unfolding incident from multiple viewpoints.
Officers at a separate incident have determined that the tactical use of a conducted energy device
(CED) is necessary to reduce the threat of harm posed by the suspect, to themselves, police staff and the public.
As the CED is withdrawn from its holster, video recording starts automatically on the officer’s body-worn camera – capturing crucial evidence that will later be used in court to support a successful prosecution.
Withdrawal of the same device could also trigger the automatic generation of a “use of force” form, auto-populating location, incident and officer specific details such as training to justify use of the CED in that specific situation and assist with future oversight of appropriate procedures.
The idea of the Connected Officer has been enabled by a convergence between wireless video and short-range communication technologies to benefit law enforcement workflows.
“In a mission critical environment, the real value comes from linking existing technologies in new ways,” says Ian Williams, software consultant at Motorola Solutions.
“By connecting and automating disparate processes we can save precious time at the scene of an incident, improve officers’ task performance in dynamic situations and contribute to better outcomes for frontline staff and the public at large.”
Once that video has been captured by an officer’s camera at the scene, innovation by Motorola Solutions also saves time for police staff and reduces the possibility of manual error by linking that footage to relevant back-office systems and resources – before an officer has even returned to base.
The officer’s smartphone running the Pronto digital policing app is linked via Bluetooth to a companion app embedded in the VB400 body-worn camera.
An officer in the field can scroll through recorded clips on their mobile device, tagging each clip
to identify the nature of the incident – such as drugs, domestic violence or stop and search – or perhaps associating them with a specific crime number.
By linking and tagging within Pronto, officers can reduce duplication by completing this process as part of a crime reporting workflow, and at the same time eradicate errors introduced by manual entry or cut and paste between siloed systems.
At the end of their shift, officers will get a friendly reminder to tag footage. This ensures that crucial clips are not automatically deleted after 30 days, in compliance with policies for admissible evidence.
“In critical situations officers have little time to consider multiple processes other than their safety: the important thing for them is to get help on its way.
However, if that process can trigger actions that automate better evidential collection, then it can ultimately offer a better victim experience,” says Williams.
The pandemic has taught me how to share more – and I feel a better leader for it
As a young professional starting out in the tech sector 30 years ago, I thrived on the fast pace,constant change and demanding workload. I lived in London, Singapore and Australia…
We need to shout about our successes. Liz Fletcher on celebrating women in biotech
Throughout my career in biotechnology and life sciences, I have seen many women leading ground-breaking research studies in their fields of expertise. Yet, and I include myself in this, we…
Getting the best out of patient data is key to unlocking future health benefits in Scotland
It is important that clinicians’ voices are heard in the consultation around Scotland’s new health and care data strategy, which closes this week (12 August). Busy GPs like myself are the trusted…
How motherhood helped me be a better leader
Consider this an open letter to anyone I have worked with before I became a mother and before I fully understood how being a parent is actually a prized asset…
‘We cannot achieve our goals without entrepreneurs’ – Kate Forbes on vision for new ‘tech scaler’ network
From the very start of my ministerial career, I have had responsibility for the Scottish tech sector – and I can still say what I have said from the start,…
Finding a role in cyber was ‘tough’ for Cheryl Torano. Now she’s determined to help other women join an under-represented industry
When I decided to upskill to change careers at the age of 30 and dive into the digital world, I knew I would be starting out at the bottom of…
Why innovation and marketing are the perfect partners to make changes that matter￼
With the rapid evolution of traditional marketing and the appearance of digital marketing, technology and innovation has become part of any marketer’s life without the need of working for a…
Transitioning to a four-day week – CEO’s vow to strike a healthier balance in the workplace
I came to Scotland nearly 20 years ago from Ireland, with no contacts but a lot of determination. While Ireland will always be my home, Scotland has given me amazing…