'Google for police' goes mobile

Law enforcement officials on patrol will now have mobile access to what has been called a "Google for police officers," according to Government Technology.

The Coplink system, which was first developed in the mid-1990s, is now available on the iPhone, iPad and Android devices, IBM announced this week. The company's i2 subsidiary developed the application.

Coplink is designed to help police generate leads on suspects, analyze trends and patterns in crime, and share data across geographical and jurisdictional lines. The new mobile version of the system will give police better situational awareness through the inclusion of "automated geospatial searches of recent events," IBM said.

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