Law enforcement agencies are an essential part of any community. Besides fighting crime, they provide security, educate citizens, and offer other valuable public services. But these services aren’t free; in fact, they can be quite costly. However, thanks to advancements in security technologies, police agencies are now able to refocus their resources to make better use of their budgets. We present 3 ways security systems save police money.
3 Ways Security Systems Save Police Money
1. Security systems reduce the need to hire new personnel.
As populations grow, law enforcement agencies have to hire more staff to meet with demands. But with the police academy, salaries, and other costs, hiring personnel can be a very expensive process. This is where security systems can help save police money. While these systems do not replace staff, they can supplement the existing force by streamlining processes to reduce time and spending.
For example, if an agency placed a surveillance camera on a street corner associated with high crime activity, they could monitor the area without having to allocate resources.
2. Security systems cut time and resources spent on solving cases.
Regardless of how many surveillance cameras you have in the field, crimes will still take place. However, a fully integrated security system could save police money by reducing the time and resources spent on solving cases. For example, take these two scenarios:
A) One evening, a young man falls victim to a hit-and-run. The young man survives, but he is only able to tell officers that he was hit by a red pick-up truck. Because this particular police agency does not have a security system in place, they don’t have much information to work with, and after wasting precious time and resources, the case eventually goes unresolved.
B) One year later, after the same police agency installed an integrated security system in their city, there was another hit-and-run, this time involving a young woman. This young woman also survives, but she was unable to provide any details about the vehicle. Fortunately, the agency catches the vehicle’s make, color, and license plate information using one of their license plate recognition cameras. And using a NOMAD mobile camera located a few blocks down the road, they captured the suspect’s face as he entered a local gas station. The suspect was behind bars within only a few hours after the incident.
3. Agencies can use staff more efficiently.
Law enforcement agencies have to divide their teams over a wide range of tasks, which can be especially hard with a smaller staff. In some cases, agencies will not be able to place officers where they are truly needed because they have other responsibilities to delegate. This is another case where a security system would save police money.
Patrolling, for example, is a major part of any law enforcement agency, but it requires a lot of time and staff. A security system, however, could reduce the need for this task. Today’s cameras often come equipped with sensors such as gunshot detection that will alert officers when an incident occurs. Instead of making officers monitor the streets, an integrated security system could take on that role for them, which would allow agencies to use their staff where it would be most beneficial.
Technology Can Cut Police Spending
Law enforcement agencies are turning to technology to help cut their spending and improve performance. While these investments cost money upfront, they reduce spending in the long term. A custom, fully integrated security system will address problem areas in your jurisdiction and allow your agency use its staff efficiently.
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