[Audio] WES 2010: Interview with Baltimore Police on BlackBerry

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Click here to listen to an interview with Gayle Guilford, Director of Management Information Systems for the Baltimore Police.

I conducted an interview at WES 2010 with Gayle Guilford, Director of Management Information Systems for the Baltimore Police. She and her team have been working hard piloting and implementing the use of BlackBerry smartphones as an integral part of a beat cop’s tool belt.

PocketCop by InterAct can access the police database for outstanding warrants, mugshots, and info. The system also uses GPS asset tracking so that dispatchers can get a bird’s eye view of police coverage, and dispatch backup much quicker and from closer positioned units than ever before. The camera can also be used to gather evidence instead of calling a police photographer in from the station.

They call the whole system Side Partner. Through a successful 80-person trail and a subsequent grant, over 2000 officers at the Baltimore Police Department have been enjoying the benefits of getting out of their squad cars, and back onto the streets.

The audio from the interview is above. We touch on a lot of topics so it’s worth a listen no matter what side of the law you’re on. It’s amazing how many engineering hurdles Gayle’s team had to jump over in order for the BlackBerry to make it onto the police belt.

  • http://twitter.com/ralban Ryan Alban

    what's up with the 270MB aiff file?

  • DavidB

    I thought it was Baltimore, not Baltimore County??? There's a difference…

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle McInnes

    Matt recorded the interview on a BlackBerry. That's the file type that comes out. I guess we could have converted.

  • http://blackberrycool.com/ Matt Cameron

    My BlackBerry produced a 5mb file, but at the conference I only had a fancy-pants video editing program. It spat out a bloated aiff file. Sorry if you're had trouble listening, here's a much more reasonable MP3 file: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2094054/Baltimore%20Pol

  • Director Guilford

    Yes We are Baltimore Police (City) not Baltimore Countey