The Ewing Police Department employs the latest in technology to assist it officers in the performance of duties.
Computer Aided Dispatching allows our Dispatchers to quickly identify callers and their locations and send the appropriate help as requested. It interfaces with our 9-1-1, AVL and GIS map systems to visually display the location of the call and the nearest police unit. It recommends the proper unit or units depending on the type of the call.
A Computerized Police Records System allows the officers to enter reports directly into the system eliminating the need to hand write each and every report. Common data is available to be used on any report along with previously archived data. The reports can be completed, edited, approved, viewed and printed anywhere in the police department that a computer is found.
An AVL or Automatic Vehicle Location System is installed in our front line patrol vehicles which allow us to know the location of these vehicles at all times. AVL is used by the dispatch center to quickly locate the closest available unit to an assignment.
The Axon Body 3 Body Camera is "a cutting-edge communications beacon front-and-center on every call. Featuring enhanced low-light performance, reduced motion blur and an LTE connection that enables real-time features like live streaming, Body 3 empowers public safety and law enforcement officers with more support in the moment."
A sample view of the Department's Vehicle Global Positioning System. This system allows headquarters to see, via a computer screen, the location of all road vehicles. As you can see by the red arrows, each car and identifying number is tracked as it patrols the township and is updated every few hundred feet.
NOTE: THIS IS A SAMPLE SCREEN DEMONSTRATION THAT IS NOT LIVE
Digital photography has replaced film as media used to take and store pictures. Digital mug shots are taken of arrested individuals and sent electronically to a central depository at the county and state level. Our Patrol and Traffic Officers along with our CSI’s have digital cameras available to them to document incidents as needed.
Digital Fingerprinting has replaced the mess of applying ink to a pad, rolling a finger through the ink and applying the print to a print card. Today we take that same finger and roll it on a glass window and capture the print digitally. Once done the prints are electronically sent to the NJ State Police for processing.
Mobile Data Computers are installed in our front line patrol cars. These computers allow the officer to receive his assignments by radio and see them on his computer at the same time. The officer can see the same information that was received by the dispatcher. Additionally the officer can complete any report that is required in his vehicle using the MDC.
Think GIS is the mapping system we use to display (track) our patrol cars using AVL. We also display the incoming 9-1-1 calls and our current police assignments on this system. The system also allows us to “pin map” prior crime statistics to establish trends and methods to combat and prevent crime.
Our Digitally Encrypted Radio System allows us the ability to transmit secure radio transmissions from our station to the cars in the field. This prevents unwanted monitoring of the patrol officers response to a call. It’s easier to catch them if they don’t know were coming.
Each front line patrol car has a Digital In-Car Camera System that records the officer’s interaction with drivers during car stops and other calls for service. It is activated either automatically or manually depending on the situation. The digital video files automatically download to a server when the patrol car returns to the police station. This replaced a system using VCR video tapes that required manual changing several times a day.