Jul 22, 2013 3:12 PM by Rachel Cole - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI -- The 135th Annual Sheriff's Association Training Conference and Expo now underway at the American Bank Center not only helps sheriff's stay up to date on training, but the latest in technology available to law enforcement.
Hundreds of sheriffs and deputies are taking part in training courses offered at this event. Dozens of companies are also in attendance, showing off weapons and the latest high-tech gadgets. One of those gadgets will soon be put to use by troopers with the Department of Public Safety.
Officials with iKey say the DPS purchased 400 new tablet devices to replace the laptops currently in use.
"The "Street Case" is a new development we just did it's been out for about 3 months," Duane Rumski said.
Rumski says it's a mobile way for officers to conduct standard duties.
"They can take it the tablet out of the car, do the reports, get the ticket signed, get it printed in the car, get the ticket to the person," he added.
iKey Company partners with ARC and both business are based in Austin. They specialize in mobile devices for law enforcement. Rumski says these devices are beneficial for several reasons including their size. They weigh two pounds and can be used by motorcycle officers. Plus, they allow room for airbags to deploy in patrol units.
"You can carry it like a suitcase like a little laptop, they're water proof. they're shock proof so you don't damage your iPad or get it wet when you're out in the field," Rumski said.
The cases costs about 500 dollars a piece but as Rumski explains, it acts as more than just a fancy notepad.
"It has the quick disconnect, where if they need to go take pictures or take it into a house, they don't need to take the whole case, they can take this in, take pictures and do everything in the house on the ipad but when they have to come in and finish a report or just type on it then they can plug it back into the case, carry it and then use the keyboard to type on it," Rumski said.
For now, Nueces County will continue using the laptops that are already installed in the patrol units.