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Rochester Police Department upgrades smartphones

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Rochester Police Department is upgrading 150 smartphones for officers and some key civilian staff members.  The new phones will be issued the first week of April.

They include some new applications that make for more efficient reports by police officers.  The newest feature is the Rochester Police Department's app created in collaboration with IBM.  It allows for officers in the field to share information directly with the Law Enforcement Center and gives officers access to the departments database.

"Information is power, knowledge is absolutely necessary in order for us to do this job well," said Capt. Tim Heroff.

For criminal offenders, this means their records could be at the officers fingertips within five seconds.

"It's critical that our officers know at the time they're dealing with someone exactly who they're dealing with," said Capt. Heroff.

The data sharing also allows the department to keep an eye on their officers.  For the first time, the department will have the ability to track officers who may be pursing a suspect on foot using GPS.

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