Technological advancements have led to new products which police are using all over the country to fight crime. Police television shows have introduced many of us to cool new gadgets but while the TV shows are make believe, the real world also offers many new and interesting bits of information. Here’s just a few of them:
The Robotic Camera: When its too dangerous to have a police officer go check out a scene, the police can just send in a remote control car with a camera that can be used to check out what is happening. In the old days the police would send in a police dog, but that could cause the dog to be killed. The robotic camera can be used outside, such as to be sent underneath a vehicle to see if a bomb has been placed underneath. Or inside such as when the police want to make sure that nobody is waiting for them inside a house when they try to serve a search warrant. The robotic cameras cost about $9,000 and their use is spreading.
Gunshot Detectors: The Nassau County Police Department in New York is using a system which tells them where shots have been fired. This is especially useful in high crime neighborhoods where by the time police arrive at the scene of a report of “shots fired” the shooter is often long gone and the police have to conduct a difficult and lengthy investigation to find out where the shots were fired. With this system police can place sensors in a given neighborhood and when shots are fired it will pinpoint exactly where the shots came from. The service costs between $40,000 to $60,000 a year per square mile and is used in only a limited number of places.