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    The current level of technology use is minimal among law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Virgin Islands in comparison to the rest of the United States. Local law enforcement, specifically the Virgin Islands Police Department [V.I.P.D.], are failing by twenty-first (21st) century technology standards. The use of technology is limited to desktop computers (PC’s – Windows-based OS), ToughBooks (reinforced hardshell laptops ultimately designed for operational field use), Handheld Radios (Tait, Motorola, Kenwood), Intoxilyzer (utilized by Traffic Investigation Bureau – manufactured by CMI, Inc.), WiFi and LAN (Local Area Network), Surveillance Cameras, Social Media/Websites, and the C.A.D. (Computer Aided Dispatch) Systems used by V.I.T.E.M.A.’s 9-1-1 Emergency Communication Center (Dispatch). With this limitation on advanced technology used for everyday policing, not discounting the outfitted marked and unmarked patrol units and the E.O.D. (Explosive and Ordnance Disposal) apparatus used by the Special Operations Bureau, law enforcement exhibits low capability of standard policing. This low capability is affected directly [however, not solely] by this low tech-status (the level of sophistication of a law enforcement agency based on the collective use of technology by its tactical elements or operations-based units). How can we OVERHAUL our law enforcement into the 21st century with the rest of the world?

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