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iPhone Apps on Patrol

Here are a few iPhone apps that may be of interest to those working in law enforcement. I found the list from various forums around the web or I have curated the list on my own.

These are a mix of free and for pay apps.  I have linked to the web based iTunes description, not to the Apple App Store. One of the categories not listed are state specific criminal codes or procedures. If you search on either Android or iPhone you will find quite a few that cover most, if not all the states. Not working actively in law enforcement at the moment, I still have a few applications on my iPhone that you may be interested in. Being thrifty, I tend to go for the free apps. Take a look at the bottom of the post for what I use and links to the Apple Store. I am also working on a post devoted to Android Apps on Patrol. If you have suggestions for applications you use on your Android device, drop me a line. Feel free to click away on the links for the apps below. None of them are affiliate links or money making links for me.

Apple iPhone -

General | Specialized | Information | Utility

General -

  • Google Earth - Hold the world in the palm of your hand. With Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, you can fly to far corners of the planet with just the swipe of a finger.
  • Police Codes - The ultimate companion for anyone who has a Scanner. These codes are the nationwide standard codes that are used by state and local law enforcement.
  • Miranda Warning - These are the latest miranda warnings established by U.S. supreme court rulings.
  • Police Notebook - A police notebook, pocket notebook or PNB is a notebook used by police officers to officially record details and incidents while on patrol.
  • Field Contact - The most technologically advanced and convenient way to document, photograph, search and email all aspects of your law enforcement contacts directly to your iPhone.
  • DUI Warning and Test instructions - This App is the Implied Consent Warning Card and a universal Field Sobriety Test instructions which are given by tens of thousands police officers in the United States every day.
  • CrimeReports.com - CrimeReports is the only near real-time source for both official neighborhood level crime and sex offender information.
  • iSpotACrime - The iSpotACrime app allows iPhone users to gather a picture, location, text, and verbal descriptions and formulate them into a simple and concise email report.
  • Police Scanner - Police Scanner is the original police scanner application for the iPhone. Yes, we came up with the idea and all the others are just cheap copies.
  • Police Radio - Simply put, Police Radio is a fast & easy to use application for listening to live Police, Fire and EMS frequencies throughout the United States, Canada and more!
  • Pocket Tunes Police / Emergency Scanner - Listen to your favorite USA scanner stations using your iPhone or iPod touch with Pocket Tunes Scanner.

Specialized - Medical | Reference | HazMat | Accident

Medical -

  • Pocket 1st Aid and CPR - Whether you’re at home, on the road, or in the woods, the American Heart Association’s Pocket First Aid & CPR application is at your fingertips with concise, clear instructions to care for you and your loved ones.
  • CPR and Choking - Developed as a public service by leading physicians and educators in emergency care at the University of Washington and King County EMS, the CPR & Choking application provides instant information on how to perform CPR and how to aid a choking victim.
  • Epocrates - Epocrates is the #1 mobile drug reference resource used by healthcare providers at the point of care. Trusted for accurate content and innovative offerings, physicians choose Epocrates 3 to 1 as their point of care drug reference of choice.
  • First Aid - If you don’t, “First Aid White Cross” is the right application for your needs. It is an easy to use application that will allow you to correctly handle an emergency situation.

Reference -

  • WhitePages - Over 200 million U.S. adults and businesses at your fingertips! WhitePages for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch makes it easy to search for people, find businesses and identify unknown calls — anytime, anywhere.
  • FBI Most Wanted - FBI Most Wanted delivers all the FBI’s fugitive feeds including the Top Ten Fugitives and the Most Wanted Terrorists. It also delivers their highest priority Missing Children cases as well as press releases and breaking news.
  • AMBER Alert - This application from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) is designed to help in the search for and safe recovery of missing children.

HazMat / Explosive-

  • First Responder Support Tools (FiRST) - FiRST provides First Responders and Emergency Managers easy access to map-based improvised explosive device (IED) standoff distances and HAZMAT spill evacuation areas. The IED standoff data is based on criteria set by the DHS Office for Bombing Prevention and FEMA 426, Reference Manual to Mitigate Potential Terrorist Attacks Against Buildings. Hazmat evacuation and reference data is based on the 2008 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG). Users are able to define custom IED types and standoff values. Access to DHS IED standoff data is provided to users registering to .mil, .gov, or .us email address accounts.
  • HazRef 2008 - HazRef 2008 gives you the power to browse and search a portable database of nearly 3,000 hazardous materials as identified by the United States Code of Federal Regulations.
  • Placard Plus - Search for Hazardous Materials information and response guides by name or placard number. Access thousands of records, and all guides available from the DOT Guide Book.
  • Haz Mat Reference and Emergency Response Guide - This app serves as a quick reference and educational tool for employees that are involved with the regular handling and storage or incident response of Hazardous Materials.

Accident -

  • Velocity Converter - Velocity Converter is unit conversion program designed for the accident investigator.
  • Critical Speed - The Critical Speed Application allows the investigator to determine the critical speed of a vehicle that has entered a yawl.
  • Minimum Speed - Calculates the Minimum Speed/Velocity of a vehicle that is skidding/decelerating based on its skid distance, braking efficiency, roadway grade and the vehicle’s final/impact velocity.

Information - Language | Guides | Files/Docs | News/Weather

Language -

  • Spanish for Police - Over 225 simple Spanish commands and questions for Police and Law Enforcement with written and audio translations, including full Miranda Rights in Spanish!
  • iTranslate - The Weather Channel takes your weather experience to the next level with full screen maps, extended forecasts, severe weather alerts, and more.

Guides -

  • Emergency Response Guidebook - It is derived from the Dept of Transportation Emergency Response Guidebook and helps a responder quickly identify the specific or generic classification of the material(s) involved in the incident, and protect themselves and the general public during this initial response phase of the incident.
  • SAS Survival Guide - For over twenty years, the SAS Survival Guide has been the definitive guide to surviving any situation, anywhere in the world.
  • Bomb threat stand-off -

Files / Documents -

  • American Heritage Dictionary - The entire 2,074 page, 7.5 pound dictionary with its nearly 300,000 terms –plus 64 thousand recorded sound files all available instantly at your fingertips.
  • Dropox - Dropbox is the easiest way to sync and share your files online and across computers.

News / Weather -

  • YOUR LOCAL NEWS - Its most likely in the App Store. Get it.
  • Police One - The PoliceOne.com iPhone app is the best way for Police Officers and other Law Enforcement professionals to keep informed while on-duty or just on the move.
  • Weather Channel Watch live radar and have an hour by hour forcast in your area. Apple.

Utility -

  • Close Call - The application that allows you to put in your phone number, a short message, and an image to create custom health alert.
  • Torchlight - Turn your phone into a flashlight or strobe.
  • AppBox Pro - The World’s Most Popular and Attractive, Efficient, Useful Tool Kit on your iPhone/iPod Touch. Get professional tools in One app at only half the price.
  • Ballistic- Ballistic FTE is the field firing version of Ballistic: a fast, highly-accurate ballistic trajectory calculator for the iPhone. The ballistic computer calculates trajectory, windage, velocity, energy, and flight time for a projectile at any valid range, and can compensate for atmospheric conditions such as temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, and altitude.
  • Decibel Meter - Ever wonder how loud a sound really is? Well now you can with Decibel Meter! Decibel Meter uses your iPhone’s built in Mic to determine the intensity level of sounds it picks up, and displays it in dB SPL (Decibel Sound Pressure Level). *
  • Live Flight Tracker - This app allows you to track the real-time flight status and tracking map of any flight in the United States, Canada, or United Kingdom.
  • Sunrise Sunset! Lite - Sunrise Sunset Lite is a simple and easy to use appliation that displays important sun times such as:  Sunrise, Sunset,  Civil twilight begin(Dawn), Sun transit(Solar noon), Civil twilight end(Dusk), Duration of daylight
  • Offender Locator - The Vision 20/20 “POM Offender Locator” ® allows anyone living in the United States to view Registered Sex Offenders living in their area. “POM” stands for Peace-Of-Mind and the Offender Locator gives everyone the ability to find out if Registered Sex Offenders live in their area.
  • SureFire Shot Timer - The SureFire ShotTimer is an effective, convenient way for shooting enthusiasts, law enforcement officers, and military personnel to improve their shooting skills and monitor their progress.

Here is what I have on my phone -

  • GV Mobile + - Allows me to give out a phone number to anyone and not give away my personal cell number. This is a third party app, Google also has one here.
  • AccuWeather - Get the most localized and accurate weather information from anywhere at any time.
  • CoPilot Live USA (GPS Nav) - Why? Because its a full featured GPS program for ONLY $4.99.
  • Genius Scan - Genius Scan turns your iPhone into a pocket scanner. Fast and streamlined, Genius Scan enables you to quickly scan documents on-the-go, send the scans by email or whole documents as PDF. Unlike other scanner applications, Genius Scan is lightning fast and user input is kept to a minimum.
  • FileApp - Easily copy files on your device for a quick look on the road. Powerful and yet still very user friendly, FileApp will let you find the document you’re looking for within seconds.
  • Flashlight - Flashlight uses the LED light on iPhone 4 and fills your screen with bright white light to illuminate your world when you find yourself in a dark spot or concert.
  • Decibels - Ever wonder how loud a sound really is? Well now you can with Decibel Meter! Decibel Meter uses your iPhone’s built in Mic to determine the intensity level of sounds it picks up, and displays it in dB SPL (Decibel Sound Pressure Level). *
  • Wiser -WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) is a mobile application designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents.
  • Mobile REMM -REMM provides guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injury during radiological and nuclear emergencies.
  • USGSSeismic - The Seismic application parses an RSS feed from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) that provides data on recent earthquakes around the world.
  • HazRef Lite - If you are like me, you wonder what materials are being hauled in the trucks driving along side you on the highway. Wonder no more!
  • Police One - The PoliceOne.com iPhone app is the best way for Police Officers and other Law Enforcement professionals to keep informed while on-duty or just on the move.
  • FlightAware - This app allows you to track the real-time flight status and tracking map of any flight in the United States, Canada, or United Kingdom.
  • MostWanted - With information provided directly from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, this application includes: Top Ten Most Wanted, Most Wanted Terrorists, Missing Children.
  • iThesaurus - With access to over 140,000 different words, and ability to get the definitions as well, you are sure to find whatever you are looking for. Containing both synonyms and antonyms this is sure to be the end all be all for your thesaurus needs.
  • Dictionary! - Dictionary! is an easy to use, no fluff dictionary app for your iPhone. Helps you find words when you need to without getting in your way.
  • DoubleSpeak - DoubleSpeak is the most powerful translation tool ever because of it’s unique roundtrip retranslation of your phrase - something NO other application does! You type in a phrase, DoubleSpeak translates it THEN translates it back to English from the target language ENSURING you get the RIGHT translation for your phrase every time.
  • Davis’s Drug Guide -
  • WebMD - Check your symptoms, access drug & treatment information, get first aid essentials, and check local health listings on the go or at home, from the most trusted brand in health information.

What applications do you use? Tell me and I’ll get them added to the list.

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