“California Highway Patrol has taken a huge step forward by ensuring officers have secure, reliable communications for their everyday operations. As FirstNet users, they now have access to adopt even more applications that are designed specifically for them.”
DATE: July 13, 2021
In the popular ’70s and ’80s TV show CHiPs, the titular motorcycle officers didn’t carry today’s ubiquitous mobile data terminals — rugged laptop computers for running license plate numbers, checking crime databases and more. That’s because they couldn’t. MDTs weren’t common yet and, well, Ponch and Jon rode motorcycles — where would they install MDTs?
But today’s California Highway Patrol needed an answer. Since 2018, under California’s Racial and Identity Profiling Act, law enforcement agencies, including the CHP, are required to collect extensive data when they initiate contact with the public, particularly for traffic stops. This “stop data,” which includes information like date, time and location, as well as the perceived race, gender, age and more of the person stopped, must be reported digitally to the California Department of Justice.