The job of police officers can be as risky as it is tedious. United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says police, detectives, and supervisors hold one of the riskiest jobs with relative fatality rate of 16.6 percent. Officer risk is higher in countries that have legalized gun ownership. Reducing the risk to law enforcement can be effectively done with the help of modern technology. Law enforcement can also derive great advantage from the use of internet of things and machine learning technologies. The various needs such as reduction of crime rate, improving the safety, budget optimization, complex asset maintenance, gathering of evidence, monitoring and supervision, centralized authorization, etc., can be achieved by IoT solutions.
Synapt’s team developed a futuristic solution called Connected Policeto reduce the risk of officers on duty. The solution makes use of several sensors and devices, including body-worn cameras, heart-rate monitors, GPS, gun-lift sensors, motion sensors, access recorder, etc.
The following are key use cases of the Connected Police solution.
A mobile app is used to log records, monitor crime activities, and trigger emergency alerts. Body-worn camera along with GPS and health monitors provide real-time streaming of crime scenes and rescue operations effectively. The solution keeps field officers and their assets such as vehicles and systems always connected to the central office. The key advantages provided by this include accelerated response time, actionable commands, real-time assessment, and map view of the crime scene. The solution makes use of body-worn cameras, GPS, and health monitors to provide real-time streaming of crime scenes and control rescue operations effectively.
As crime generally follows trends, it becomes very easy to predict crime with the help of the solution. Big data analytics models the crime patterns and trends across locations, dates, class of people, and seasons; it ensures proactive deployment of backup forces.
Consolidated crime analytics and dashboards help in better planning of police officers’ time and duties. Assets/inventory/lifecycle management module notifies the state of various assets and their maintenance levels.
Smart governance is enabled by periodic monitoring, analysis and evaluation of crime-prone areas. Law enforcement is made more effective with the help of integrated systems.
The solution provides recording of crime data in secure systems for future reference, strategic decision making and to aid detectives and crime analysts. In addition, it helps track attendance, generate payrolls, and create training schedules for police officers.
A platform for citizens to have updated information on social happenings and emergency situations—it provides public safety reporting using citizen application or through web portal.
Crime is discouraged by video surveillance through IP cameras installed in remote locations. In addition, citizen safety is enabled using enhanced crime tip submission.