How to Use Technology to Cut Overtime, Improve Safety
New tools help police agencies maximize efficiency and minimize time on scene.
Recruitment and retention are significant challenges in today’s police agencies, exacerbated by the current climate of increased media scrutiny and reduced public support. As a result, overtime spending in many regions is at an all-time high, and safety has never been more critical.
Forward-thinking departments are addressing these challenges by turning to technology. For example, one agency that typically requires a team of four to respond to 24 to 30 traffic homicides each year estimated they were spending more than $100,000 per year on overtime. They determined that moving from manual total stations to high-speed laser scanning with a Leica RTC360 would enable them to reduce their response teams to two people—one scanning operator and one safety officer—while cutting the amount of time it takes them to process scenes by at least two-thirds.
The agency determined that high-speed laser scanning with a Leica RTC360 would enable them to reduce their response teams from four people to two, while cutting the amount of time it takes them to process scenes by at least two-thirds.
The technology would substantially reduce overtime while giving them a much more efficient, accurate way to document, with ultimately more value when a case goes to court. And because the scanner is easy to learn and easy to use, they would experience the safety and efficiency benefits immediately—with the potential to see additional benefits through the adoption of a fully digital workflow.
Digital scene documentation gives them a chance to improve the perception of their entire agency in the eyes of the public as well as their existing staff and potential new recruits.
Other agencies have been able to achieve reductions in time on scene by moving from older laser scanners to the newest high-speed technology. And still others have been able to apply laser scanning more consistently by moving from a scanning technology their staff found too complex—and often left behind—to high-speed, easy-to-use technology that requires minimal training. Advances such as handheld mobile lidar, in-picture 3D measurement, GNSS with visual positioning, and intuitive and powerful scene diagramming software open even more opportunities to improve safety, save time on scene and capture comprehensive scene data.
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