As the world has gone increasingly digital with communications, law enforcement has been left behind, in part thanks to the many requirements it faces. Police Chiefs are tasked with the challenge of ensuring that their communications are protected and receipts confirmed – all while making sure that those communications remain open to the public. The upshot is a series of operational headaches for police chiefs and the department as a whole, with officers having to spend more time in the station and delays in efficiency. But what if there was a way for technology to make life easier for law enforcement?
The Requirements Around Police Communications Make Using Technology Tricky
These days, law enforcement must balance protecting sensitive information in the moment with ensuring transparency – an expectation that is likely to increase in the coming years. This sets law enforcement departments back when it comes to sharing shift briefings, issuing search warrants or sharing updated operation orders. The departments end up having physical runners sharing the documents, confirming they’ve been viewed and – when needed – collecting the documents and destroying them so they’re not left lying around. While these practices seem super outdated, most technologies – like email or standard messaging – don’t protect the documents, offer confirmation of receipt and they pose the risk of sensitive information lying around on devices. As a result, law enforcement is stuck using communication methods that easily date back several decades and cause all kinds of operational headaches.
Technology Must Understand Law Enforcement Needs
The right kind of technology should understand law enforcement requirements and find ways to replicate processes – only digitally and much faster. It must have a way to ensure that when any documents or sensitive information is shared officers can confirm receipt and that these documents aren’t left lying around. At the same time, there needs to be a process for safely archiving the communications in case records need to be shared with the public.
So, what would that look like in real life? Here’s an example: the commanding officer is at the office but needs to share updates or send updated operation orders to team leaders in the field. Rather than having to send a runner over to the field, or deal with encrypted radio, he can directly message the team leaders. He’s able to confirm receipt and doesn’t have to take any extra steps to make sure the information stays protected at all time – because that’s all built into the technology.
Vaporstream Makes Communications Easy for Law Enforcement
Sound too good to be true? It isn’t – Vaporstream makes it possible for law enforcement departments to do all this in real life. For example, with Vaporsteam, when a police department issues a search warrant, it’s simple for the investigator to scan the warrant on his phone simply by clicking a picture. He then sends it to the relevant people, receiving a notification when each officer has seen it and is later able to remotely delete it from each officer’s device, ensuring that the warrant is not left lying around on anyone’s device.
At Vaporstream, we’re committed to addressing law enforcement operational headaches. We work to understand your department needs and make sure that you can send and confirm receipt of documents – all while protecting them. Using our platform is as easy as sending an email or text message. We focus on being mobile, emphasizing safety and we make sure that you have evidence that you’re following procedure. We help you serve and protect as efficiently and easily, as possible. Find out more how we can assist you here: