While opportunities for learning and improving are often what keep people engaged in their jobs, most police officers don't go into police work to do paperwork. Whether its officers on a beat or those behind a desk, technology can go a long way to enabling police officer recruitment and retention. Rather than officers needing to fill out paper forms or waiting to get information related to a case, your organization should have high-performance connectivity and effective hardware and software that allow for paperless policing.
For example, mobile high-speed connectivity can provide access to applications that can provide officers with near real-time incident information. Faster speeds result in faster wanted and license checks which can help improve police officer safety. And secure, connected tablets and smartphones that enable encrypted communications and protected mobile applications can give officers access to documents in a shared and secure private cloud. This allows officers to do their work faster and more accurately. Faster response on criminal records, wanted person details and faster license plate lookups can all lead to improved police officer safety.
Technology also allows police officers to use their time more wisely and make a bigger difference in the community. They can be where they need to be, confident in the information they have at their fingertips. Your police officer retention strategies should incorporate the use of big data machine learning and predictive analytics to enable officers to better understand and combat crime. IoT technologies allow officers to efficiently collect data that can paint a more accurate picture of community trends and crime patterns. And analyzing big data can help officers prevent crime in hot spots and inform strategies that can improve communities so that, in the long run, less policing is required.
Applying these technologies can not only make officers more effective, productive and satisfied, but can also help to improve police officer safety. As with all first responders, police officers benefit from advanced networks and technologies that allow them to communicate reliably and leverage the best tools. Knowing they're having a positive impact on their communities and doing the work that needs to be done ultimately goes a long way toward improving police officer recruitment and retention.
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