Police everywhere are always on the look out for new technology to help them as they combat everything from burglary to murders.
For police in Palm Bay however when it comes to battling drunk drivers they are resorting to a technology that has been around for years: Skype.
“When it comes to impairment, time is of the essence,” Cpl. Morgan said in a statement.
“The goal is get the most accurate capture of evidence closest to the time of the incident and our experience using Skype helps us do that.”
Palm Bay Police Cpl. Darin Morgan worked with Judge David Silverman and prosecutors to develop the system.
Officers use email to forward documents to the judge and then hold a conference call by Skype to obtain warrants for blood draws on suspects. The process can be used for other types of crimes, officials said.
“It’s like a virtual office and courtroom,” Morgan added. “If an officer can stay within his patrol zone instead of having to drive to the courthouse or the judge’s house to obtain the warrant, it saves time and increases the officers ability to protect the public.”
via Palm Beach Post