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On employing GPS tracking and mobile networks, corrections divisions can identify the prisoner transport vehicles’ location. Additionally, its capability to tap into the vehicles’ microphone and camera feed remotely can help see and hear what is happening in the transport vans in real-time.
FREMONT, CA: Prisoner transport is one of the riskiest parts of a correctional officer’s job. The whole experience can be protected by equipping vehicles with the right equipment, thus reducing the risks for both—the officers and inmates.
Below are three technologies that belong in all prisoner transport vehicles to cut down the dangers.
1. Video Cameras
It is a standard procedure for prisoners to be physically isolated from officers in transport vehicles. Hence, having a multi-camera surveillance system (with microphones) mounted in the prisoner compartment is essential. Such an approach facilitates the officers to keep a tab on the prisoner area and record the events to an onboard Digital Video Recorder (DVR) for legal documentation or later review.
To offer security around the vehicle, organizations can install a 360-degree external camera system with its feed extended to a second monitor in the vehicle (and being recorded on the DVR). A 360-degree camera system will let the driver detect probable attempts to intercept the van from any direction and enable safer driving while on the road.
2. Remote GPS Tracking and Camera Access
On employing GPS tracking and mobile networks, corrections divisions can identify the prisoner transport vehicles’ location. Additionally, its capability to tap into the vehicles’ microphone and camera feed remotely can help see and hear what is happening in the transport vans in real-time. This kind of information significantly augments officers and public safety and aids in keeping prisoners safe in case of a driving accident or medical emergency.
3. Smartphone Maps or Applications for Corrections
There are ruggedized smartphones available, which provides maps and applications for first responders. When it comes to prisoner conveyance, these maps can tell officers the exact location of secure drop-off locations. They also pass along any electronic documents or records that may be needed for particular transport assignments. Besides, as bathroom breaks happen, one can mark police stations’ location along the path so that inmates can go to the washroom in protected facilities.