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What percentage of local police departments have in-field computers? What kinds of information can patrol officers access with them?

According to the 2003 BJS Law Enforcement and Management Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) survey, the percentage of local police departments using infield computers increased from 5% in 1990 to 56% in 2003. Departments using infield computers employed 83% of all officers in 2003, up from 30% in 1990. More than 90% of departments serving 50,000 or more residents used infield computers in 2003. In a majority of local police departments serving 25,000 or more residents, officers could use infield computers to access vehicle records, driving records, warrants, and protection orders.


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