July 18, 2011 By Brian Heaton
A new mobile application is allowing law enforcement agencies to access public records and information in the field through tablet devices and smartphones. It’s also helping put criminals behind bars.
Less than 24 hours after being deployed during a January trial run in Seattle, investigators in the city were able to use the LexisNexis Accurint Mobile app to help locate a person of interest in an assault case and make the arrest, according to Lt. Mike Edwards of the Seattle Police Department (SPD). The app has been in heavy use by SPD officers ever since.
“It has been used multiple times in the field, from general investigations, to assault, robbery and gang cases,” Edwards said. “It’s definitely a time saver for us [and] is used to not only look for people we have an interest in, but in some cases, being able to clear somebody.”
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.