We rarely go anywhere without our phones. We use it to communicate, connect with others, and entertain ourselves. But how about using it as a tool to help us in our jobs? From using our cell phones as a Miranda warning reference to a first aid guide, apps are constantly in development to provide digital resources for law enforcement.
We’ve compiled the best 10 apps to assist law enforcement, both on and off duty. The apps are suitable for both iOS and Android, and the best part is – most of them are free!
SceneDoc enables front-line officers to collect notes, issue citations, view your case files, and complete reports (FBR) all on your phone. Through this app, you can experience clearer, faster, and richer information, improved safety of officers in the field, and higher levels of visibility for command. SceneDoc is FirstNet Ready.
Police Spanish Guide
Anyone in law enforcement knows the importance of communication on patrol. And with Spanish being the second most common language in the U.S, it’s essential to close any language barriers to get the job done. This app helps police officers communicate to Spanish-speaking citizens by providing audio translations of commands in a simple yes/no format. Topics range from routine traffic stops, answering emergency situations, and even field sobriety tests.
Early Bird Alarm Clock
It’s a known fact that police work irregular hours and their shifts can change without much notice. A good alarm clock can make a difference for those getting used to a newer shift. This app has various tricks to help you wake up. For example, you can set alternate alarms, so you don’t get used to one alarm. Or, little puzzles that force you to turn the alarm off.
The U.S Cop app is stated as one of the best apps for law enforcement officers. It provides officers with more than 1,400 pages of content relating to accident investigation formulas, training articles, pill identifiers, case law resources, law enforcement training modules, and much more.
Developed in English and Spanish, this app is designed to help law enforcement officers when reminding suspects of their rights. It’s a must-have for police who need a quick reference when mirandizing suspects.
Anyone in law enforcement is probably familiar with PoliceOne.com, the website that is the best for police resources, breaking news, and general law enforcement material. Now, you can access all that material on the PoliceOne app. The free resources include breaking police news, tactical tips, photo reports, and the entire archive of all PoliceOne articles.
First Aid App
Law enforcement officers already need to be first aid certified since they respond to various emergencies . But it’s always a good idea to have a refresher. The First Aid app, developed by the Red Cross, has numerous first aid tactics, tips, tricks, step-by-step tutorials, and quizzes to test your knowledge. This app also has safety tips in case of severe winter weather, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes.
The Scanner 911 app enables officers to listen to emergency responses as they happen all on your phone. This app has live audio from thousands of police, fire, and EMS scanners around the country. Officers can filter by location, sorted by distance, and the city.
The Notecam app is particularly useful for officers who want to add any relevant notes to their photos . It can also add in the location, estimated distance, and the time the image was taken. Using the filter feature, officers can quickly search for any photos they want to find.
InTime Scheduling App
Built for public safety and law enforcement, the InTime app provides employees with easy to use, on-the-go access to their shift schedules and details, as well as equal opportunity to sign up as soon as new shifts are posted. If you are a law enforcement agency that uses InTime for your scheduling and workforce management, the InTime app improves two-way communication by putting your schedule in your pocket.
Are there apps that you rely on that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below!