There may never have been a more challenging time to be working in law enforcement. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 many sheriff and police officers have worked excessively long hours, often for several weeks in a row to keep their communities safe. Civil unrest and calls for reform, combined with the economic downturn have taken a heavy toll. An increased number of officers are opting for early retirement and a major reduction in academy graduates nationwide has increased.
With fewer officers and budget constraints, workforce safety and administrative oversight are key concerns. Law enforcement technology can help agenices fill these gaps. Though use of workforce management software, mobile technology and data-driven analytics agencies are better able to manage costs, enhance operations and improve communications. With these types of tools, the law enforcement workforce can work smarter and operate more safely.