LOS ANGELES (KNX 1070) — Technology perfected on the battlefields of Iraq will soon see its way into patrol cars of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

KNX 1070’s Kim Marriner reports that the sophisticated gadgetry – developed by military contractor Raytheon – will be installed in 2,500 patrol cars.

The cost, about $20 million, will allow for faster response times and permit deputies to get data on suspects instantly.

In addition, high-tech computer systems will allows deputies to pull up mug shots, check the FBI database, and even get fingerprint information on the spot.

In the past, this technology was only available to analysts in the sheriff’s stations.

Several other policing agencies are currently in talks with Raytheon to obtain similar technology.

Comments (3)
  1. ewillyp says:

    how about cameras and microphones on officers for their full shift time, evidence for and against the victims and police, visual and audio proof for both parties, what are they concerned for THEIR rights being violated?

  2. Smokey says:

    These are actually part of a computer dispatch system to replace the system that was installed back in the 1980s. Most agencies have updated the computer systems several times while the Sheriff’s Dept is working with 1985 technology. Anyone here using a computer that old?! The current system has not been manufactured in over 20 years and some of the car computer terminals were bought on Ebay from police depts that upgraded to real technology in the 1990s.

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