3 Ways Telematics Can Benefit Law Enforcement Agencies
March 9, 2023
Law enforcement agencies are constantly looking for ways to improve their operational efficiency and keep communities safer. With the ability to track vehicles and equipment, analyze data and improve communication, telematics is becoming an invaluable tool for agencies. The real-time information and communication allows you to hold officers accountable, optimize fleets and maintain public trust.
1. Increased Accountability
With the right implementation, telematics increases accountability and transparency within law enforcement agencies. By providing a comprehensive record of a vehicle’s actions and movements, telematics helps to ensure that officers are following proper procedures and driving appropriately. The information and data collected can also be used to assist with improving investigation resolve times and reduce misconduct within services.
A study conducted in 2022 by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that there were 242 police fatalities that occurred from 2017 to 2021. Of those 242 fatalities, 47% were due to officers not wearing their seat belts. With telematics technology, you can track speed, harsh braking, acceleration and see whether a seat belt is being worn. Having access to this data allows you to correct these driver habits and improve safety of both police officers and the community.
2. Optimized Fleet Management
Telematics can also be used to reduce fuel consumption and improve quality and efficiency of fleet management. With real-time tracking and reporting, agencies can monitor their vehicles’ performance, utilization, and maintenance needs, resulting in reduced upkeep costs, increased vehicle uptime, allowing for more efficient allocation of resources. This translates to a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly fleet, while improving the overall safety and reliability of law enforcement vehicles.
Through an interview conducted by Direct Industry with François Denis, the CEO of Geotab France, it was discovered that the difference in fuel consumption between the best driver of a fleet, and the worst driver is a staggering 35%. This finding demonstrates the importance of implementing telematics as a tool to improve fleet management processes, and as a means of identifying driver inefficiencies to determine areas where improvement is needed. By investing in driver training programs, fleet managers reduce fuel consumption, lower maintenance costs and enhance overall fleet efficiency.
3. Maintaining Public Perception
Public safety is a paramount concern for every community, and it is an issue that is given more attention and scrutiny than ever before. The public expects law enforcement agencies to operate at the highest level of efficiency and professionalism. Therefore, any misstep from a law enforcement officer or agency can significantly damage your reputation and erode public trust. With the integration of telematics into your fleet, you have the ability to record vehicle speed during a specific time and location, demonstrate responsible utilization of public funds, verify vehicle presence and activity and share emergency location and response time with third-party responders.
A case study conducted with Mobilizz™, Geotab and the Belleville Police Service demonstrated that telematics data has been useful in resolving public complaints. For example, if a complaint is made alleging that a police officer was speeding through a neighborhood without using sirens, the collected telematics data can be easily reviewed to verify whether or not the lights were on at the time. Having this data easily accessible can help put complaints to bed and put public trust in the agency in a timely manner.
Telematics Solutions Designed For Law Enforcement
It has been shown that law enforcement agencies who have implemented telematics have been able to reduce operating costs, prevent accidents, improve driver and civilian safety and establish trust with the public. If your law enforcement agency already uses telematics, it’s important to have a dedicated expert to help you understand the data and assist you along the way. Without this, you may be missing out on features designed specifically to improve your operations. Choosing the right provider from the start will ensure you and your service are set up for success.
Mobilizz™ is a leading provider of connected fleet solutions, offering a comprehensive suite of telematics solutions designed specifically for law enforcement agencies. Their solutions include GPS tracking, real-time vehicle monitoring, and driver behavior analysis, providing agencies with the tools they need to enhance their operations. What sets Mobilizz™ apart from other providers is their commitment to providing customers with the highest level of support and service. Their experienced team of telematics experts work closely with customers to understand their unique needs and develop customized solutions that meet those needs. Their on-demand support ensures that customers have access to the assistance they need, when they need it.
If you’re looking to take advantage of the latest advances in telematics technology, consider partnering with Mobilizz™.