Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Officer Safety in the Mobile Office

Mobile ergonomics for police cars ...

"Laptop computers' benefits to patrol officers have been undeniable. Foremost is officer safety: officers have more information that's more accurate and more quickly retrieved. Mapping, report writing and printing capabilities, among others, have all added to officers' convenience. The entire package means improved public safety: cruiser "offices" mean officers can spend more time on the road and in the community.

However, the mobile office carries with it unforeseen consequences that some police agencies, such as the Omaha (Nebraska) Police Department, have only recently begun to realize.

The Omaha experience - Omaha's initiative to put laptops in its 100+ cruisers began in 2001. The consultants involved with the initial setup, however, had neither worked as, nor discussed the setup with, patrol officers. As a result, says Troy Kister, chairman of the Omaha police union safety committee, officer feedback was overwhelmingly negative. The main concerns: tactical and ergonomic safety."   continued ...   (Via

Police Laptop - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Police Laptop

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