Integrated Technological Tools for Law Enforcement Officers

In this article the author discusses the technological assistance offered by the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for the handling of field incidents using integrated vehicular technology systems and Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. This process took into account real input from CHP officers to ensure the end-users needs would be fulfilled by PATH researchers. The use of GPS for incident and vehicle detection was found to provide accurate location information for crash sites with a greater accuracy than the more traditional method of mile point data (CRMP). It was also found that the errors that did occur in these situations typically found their origin in an operator error rather than a flaw in the GPS mechanism. The article also describes efforts involved in the geo-coding of a collision database. Focus is on eliminating current barriers to effective collision data, such as expense, ease-of-use, inaccuracy, inefficiency, and redundancy.The use of integrated on-board systems is also discussed as implemented in New Hampshire and in the city of Carlsbad, California. PATH instrumented a police vehicle at the University of California, Berkeley with such an integrated system. The project's summary results, along with recommendations for further work, are included.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Maps; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 1-3, 4-7, 11
  • Serial:
    • Intellimotion
    • Volume: 13
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: University of California, Berkeley
    • ISSN: 1061-4311

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01056049
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2007 3:52PM