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    I will be making a recommendation soon for a GPS unit to be used with laptop computers in squad cars. I probably will be recommending some or all of the following. If anyone here can offer any helpful input on why one of these is any better than another I would like to know. I have experience with a Garmin StreetPilot 2730 now, but I have no experience with laptop based GPS units. So I am noit sure if the Garmin, the DeLorme, or the MS S&T is the way to go, or possibly a different one. One of the important features is going to be to have a "night mode" so that it isn't too bright in the car at night.

    https://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DEL...091&item=26518

    http://www.microsoft.com/streets/Pro...s.aspx?pid=001

    http://www.garmin.com/garmin/cms/site/us

    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=139&pID=6445

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    Originally posted by Jim1648 View Post
    I will be making a recommendation soon for a GPS unit to be used with laptop computers in squad cars. I probably will be recommending some or all of the following. If anyone here can offer any helpful input on why one of these is any better than another I would like to know. I have experience with a Garmin StreetPilot 2730 now, but I have no experience with laptop based GPS units. So I am noit sure if the Garmin, the DeLorme, or the MS S&T is the way to go, or possibly a different one. One of the important features is going to be to have a "night mode" so that it isn't too bright in the car at night.

    https://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DEL...091&item=26518

    http://www.microsoft.com/streets/Pro...s.aspx?pid=001

    http://www.garmin.com/garmin/cms/site/us

    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=139&pID=6445
    My Force uses 3 different mobile work station programs, all of which have a GPS mapping system:

    - http://www.xwave.com/key_industries/...ey=3&IdPage=49
    - - ROADS is the current program used in the MWS in my car;

    - http://www.nicherms.com/rms.html
    - - the current in-office RMS most of my Force uses, which we call PROS, and we will eventually migrate to PROS Mobile (real-time report creation and up-dating) and SAMM (Niche's version of ROADS);

    - http://www.versaterm.com/products/mobiles.html
    - - the current in-office RMS used in British Columbia, called PRIME-BC

    In my Division, we also use hand-held GPS units to determine exact locations of serious/multiple injury or fatal collisions.
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    • #3
      I'd LOVE to have GPS. I'd LOVE to have a computer. I'd LOVE to have a rifle. I'd LOVE to have a radar UNIT. I'd love a lot of things. Problem is that I'm not a traffic officer or a patrolman.

      We don't get those neat things for seizing property, transporting prisoners, working warrants and doing extraditions.

      I can't have a computer, but our DOG CATCHERS (pardon me; Animal Control Officers) ARE ONLINE WITH THE COMPUTERS IN THIER RIGS.
      I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.

      Douglas MacArthur

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      • #4
        A lot of the guys I work with use the Microsoft S&T.

        Garmin makes a very good product with very sensitive reception. I have a Maestro 3100 that I use and it gets great reception, even maintaining a link when in an underground parking garage. Garmin makes the military's GPS equipment.

        I think either one is a quality product.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by KenW. View Post
          I'd LOVE to have GPS. I'd LOVE to have a computer. I'd LOVE to have a rifle. I'd LOVE to have a radar UNIT. I'd love a lot of things. Problem is that I'm not a traffic officer or a patrolman.

          We don't get those neat things for seizing property, transporting prisoners, working warrants and doing extraditions.

          I can't have a computer, but our DOG CATCHERS (pardon me; Animal Control Officers) ARE ONLINE WITH THE COMPUTERS IN THIER RIGS.
          Better than hearing all the dog calls taking up airtime though, right?

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          • #6
            I have the delorme product. DO NOT BUY IT. While it works okay the buttons are very small and its difficult to use while in a patrol car. Also the streets are not very accurate. It is only useful when traveling on large roads. When you get into the residential areas the streets are off, which is probably the more important part to having GPS for law enforcement. Spend the few extra bucks and get the better product.

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            • #7
              We have Microsoft Streets & Trips pre installed on all our laptops. Only thing we have to do is buy our own GPS and good to go. I have no complaints with it. Has a night mode and has been very accurate for me within our jurisdiction.
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              • #8
                We use Microsoft Streets and Maps as well. No issues, like it a lot. I would recommend it.

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                • #9
                  Just for the whatever it worth file, I went to a solo dash mount GPS unit because the Delorme that operates through the lap top is slower than the car going to the calls. If your not operating the fastest laptops available you may find the same problem. Those little dashtop dedicated units do only one job and they do it fast.

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                  • #10
                    And that is what I have now. I bought my own Garmin StreetPilot 2730 after being told that I could not connect one to the laptop computer. Now somebody else mentions it to the Chief Deputy and he tells us to look into it if it is only about $100 per unit. We do have pretty new computers, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-29, so I think that they will handle it okay.

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                    • #11
                      Better than hearing all the dog calls taking up airtime though, right?
                      They're dispatched from thier own office over nextells.
                      I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.

                      Douglas MacArthur

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                      • #12
                        At my department we use the DeLorme Street Atlas and the DeLorme GPS that goes with it. Wonderful wonderful program I would highly suggest to go with this program. I work in Louisiana and our crash system that was designed by LSU LA Crash, (The departments that use it) we have to use the GPS on it to get lat and lon and the GPS works for that as well. Use this one we have had no problems with it at all!
                        I would rather be judged by twelve then carried by six!


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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by KenW. View Post
                          They're dispatched from thier own office over nextells.

                          Oh, then that's another story. I was going to say... when I was a dog catcher, they gave us MDT's to shut us up. We were handling 30+ calls a day per officer with about 4 officers. The MDT's cut down radio traffic drastically, and most Operations personnel took us a lot more seriously.

                          No excuse in your situation, then. What's exactly do you do?

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                          • #14
                            The brass says that why we have radios...

                            I'm not a patrolman, I'm the guy that kicks you out of your house, siezes your property, serves your arrest warrant, and extradites you.
                            I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.

                            Douglas MacArthur

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                            • #15
                              Taser

                              Ken,

                              I, too, am a civil guy as you may recall and I don't have a Taser, in fact I probably never will have a Taser. At any rate I have had several occasions recently where I ahve brought a local cop with me and they Tased someone for me. In fact, now that I think about it, they have ALL been on evictions. We were talking about this recently at work how you can jail somebody and they know they are getting out soon enough, so that don't get too excited, especially since they have probably been jaile before, but man you go to:

                              -evict someone from their home, or

                              -take their kids away

                              and there is a decent chance that you might just have a knock-down, drag out on your hands, especially if they have some, umm, shall we say mental health "issues".

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