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Advancing 21 st Century Policing: The Arlington Police Department Report to the Community
PILLAR 3: TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA
In Arlington law enforcement, technology is everything from in-car and
body-worn cameras to unmanned aircraft, shared web-based networks,
social media and everything between. How we use technology builds trust
and accountability. With social media and technology together, we’re
able to enhance communication with the community we serve. Social media
is also used to prevent and solve crime.
Examples of technology and social media:
Mobile digital video recording equipment
The Arlington Police Department has been using digital
video recording equipment inside vehicles for many years.
Using this technology, the department is able to help ensure
the overall safety of officers, resolve issues involving false
claims, and help to verify victim and citizen encounters.
Small unmanned aircraft
In 2009, the Arlington Police deployed its first unmanned
aircraft for research and observation. This technology is
capable of traveling into dense areas and places where
traffic accessibility is limited or determined unsafe for
officers and the public. Similar to the police helicopter, this
technology provides officers with “eyes in the sky.” APD is
currently expanding its fleet of unmanned aircraft and has
13 licensed officer pilots who can deploy this technology at
any time day or night when the authorization for its
deployment is granted.
Computer forensics laboratory
The APD Computer Forensics Lab was formed in April 2009
between the City of Dallas Internet Crimes Against Children
Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Officers perform detailed forensic investigations for internet,
digital data and video crimes. Investigative teams are able
to forensically examine seized computers, mobile phones,
tablets and other digital devices in criminal cases. Their work
also includes research into social media platforms for
Digital video recording system in patrol cars.
The new, smaller unmanned aircraft.
Vehicle Burglary Reduction Program
The bait car is a crime reduction program started in 2006 to
address an increase in vehicle burglaries across the city. Bait
cars are equipped with the latest technology such as sensors,
online GPS mapping, audio and live-streaming video.
Cameras are mounted in the uniform so that officers
focus more on community policing, less on technology.