APD Annual Reports - 2015 Annual Report - Page 20

Center Stage 20 Technology T echnology continues to improve the overall service delivery that we provide to Arlington residents. The department balances the needs of officers and safety while critically evaluating which tools will be beneficial to field personnel. Computers have become an essential tool for officers on the street. Each patrol vehicle is equipped with a mobile data computer (MDC) that allows officers to perform criminal check inquiries and receive real-time call details. These computers offer interconnectivity with dispatchers and fellow officers in the field. The department currently has 226 MDCs deployed. Cars are also equipped with digital video recorders (DVR) that activate during certain criteria. As an example, when an officer turns