iPhone at Work: Law Enforcement

How does a law enforcement officer use his iPhone to get the job done and what iPhone apps help get him through his day? TiPb’s iPhone at work contest aims to bring you just such slices of the iPhone life. Here’s trooperoutlaw's answer and as a small token of thanks we’re sending him a $20 iTunes gift certificate. If you want to see your name up on the TiPb home page and get a gift certificate all your own, head on over to the TiPb iPhone Forum and share your story now!

I am in law enforcement and I use my iPhone everyday for work.

I use the iPhone's email app for my agency's email. It works great and helps me stay up to date on my agency email when accessing a computer isn't possible.

Evernote is great for courtroom testimony. I use it to quickly access case notes I have saved, as well as accessing case law I have saved into my Evernote. It is also great for taking a snapshot of a subpoena or business card and having it searchable after you sync. Other than email and calendar, Evernote is my most used app.

Spanish for Police app is amazing and has proven to be beneficial to me in my job. When talking to a spanish speaking people, it is almost impossible to communicate without this app. (for me at least).

I use iPhone's calendar app for all my scheduling. I think it is perfect for my uses. It does everything I want it to as well as keeping in sync with my Macbook Pro. I mostly use it to keep track of my appointments and court dates.

iOwn is a great inventory app that is helpful. I use it to keep up with items and serial #'s of both personal and agency owned equipment. Unfortunately, it has been pulled from the app store due to some type of trademark infringement from what I can tell.

Errands is a great app for keeping up with certain tasks that need to be done. I use it to keep track of certain citations I want to keep track of and see the disposition after adjudication. I like it because it puts the little number icon on the app so it is easy to see how may tasks that are left to complete.

The iPhone is a very useful tool in law enforcement. However, not many of my fellow officers use them (at least in my area). A lot of the officers are carrying more rugged type phones.

Do you also work in law enforcement? If so, what apps do you use to while on the job?

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iPhone at Work: Law Enforcement


I think iOwn has been removed from the app store for some reason. Also their website is also M.I.A. From what I could gather, Apple removed it for some type of trademark infringement

I used my iphone to search for a pay phone to make a phone call... LoL
"a disturbed iphone 4 owner"

I have the NY penal law on my phone and use it everyday to quickly find law codes and sections.
I also have the NYPD Patrol Guide that I read to study for the Sgt's test.

Looking up probation and parole info, codes, and a ton of other stuff...on a daily basis. The ability to write apps both on the iPhone and iPad really is a game changer since both are so portable and easy to use. Even the most serious curmudgeon (rick) would use it I bet! I know I do every single day at work.

Wow, I had to re-read this carefully.
I though Leanna was fresh out of Grad School, just about to have a baby and NOW working in Law Enforcement all at the same time!!
Author's name (or moniker) should appear at bottom.

@Trooperoutlaw that's sick you article got featured being a Cop isn't the easiest job due to people always fearing you or hating but keep up the good work the iPhone is a great tool for anything

Aren't you afraid that if your accessing and keeping case notes on your iPhone (especially in court), the iPhone can be discoverable by the defense?

Check out the "Field Contacts" app. It's great for keeping track of your field contacts when you are either away from your computer or for keeping track of your own contacts that you encounter on the street. You can also share them wirelessly with other iphone users who have the app installed. It was designed by a cop and it is, by far, worth the money.

Looks like iOwn the App and iown.it (a very limited "store it on someone else's server") service both copyrighted their sites in 2009. Both seem to be US based.
The service is designed for a limited number of items as the prices go up after 5 items, and allows 3rd parties to check your inventory for stolen items.
The App is unlimited in how many items you can list. I suggest going to http://www.fifthfloormedia.com/contact/ and leave Ryan a comment in support to encourage him to get it relisted in the App Store.
I worked for Winchell's Donuts for 7.5 years in SoCal, so let me tell you, the myth about Police Officers and donuts shops is a bunch of hewy!

I am no lawyer, and no expert, but reading Evernote, or anything on stand from your iPhone would not be a good thing. Could the defense look at the phone, and access it to attack you. Do you want them looking at your contacts? Any lawyers out there wish to comment?

The use of his iPhone is no different than the use of a notebook (which most officers do). Just make sure that there's is nothing damning in your phone and you've got nothing to sweat! FYI -I was a cop several years and now work in the private sector of law enforcement (the pay is better).

but police notebooks are discoverable by the defense. thus ur phone which contains the notes are technically discoverable by the defense as well right? I wouldn't want that.

I have the California Penal, Vehicle and H&S code. Epocrates is a handy app for IDing loose pills. And Police Logger for keeping track of calls.

Yeah it would be discoverable IF I was using it on the stand. Basically I have hand written notes that I can use on the stand, but like to keep my more organized notes and case law to refer to quickly in Evernote and don't use it actually on the stand. However, I suppose that technically it could be discoverable still. But then so could lots of other stuff we use personally. There have been cases where officers have had their phones subpoenaed.