Approaching six years, the Director's Desk is among the old timers in the tiny niche of public safety blogs. As such, you'll find me pretty readily with a Google search. Since one of my more common topics (see the label cloud) is technology and tech-related issues, it's probably not surprising that I get a lot of contacts from around the country--and world--on such topics, from people who have encountered my blog or Googled such things as "police iPad".
Lately, the University of North Carolina has contacted me to seek some publicity for a new application that one of their faculty members has developed. ASSET (Arrest, Search and Seizure, Electronic Tool) is an iOS app with a nice summary of key points of the law of arrest, search and seizure. Although it is tailored to North Carolina statutes, on balance it is a good resource for the most current interpretations of the Federal District Courts and the United States Supreme Court. I particularly appreciate its simplicity and brevity. UNC faculty member Jeff Welty is the developer, and has great credentials for this work. I've added ASSET to the "References" folder on my iOS devices.
On the fire & rescue side of the house, every firefighter with a mobile device should have WISER: the Wireless Information Service for Emergency Responders from the National Library of Medicine at the National Institute of Health. Availabe for Android, iOS, Windows, Blackberry, and even Palm (!). What, no WISER for my Sharp Wizard?
It's been a while since I've blogged about mobile apps for public safety, so I might touch on a few more this week. I'd appreciate any nominations that other readers of the Director's Desk would like to contribute.