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  • LAWENFORCER
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    Streets and Trips 2009 just came out. You can get it off amazon for under $60 with GPS unit.

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  • DH30
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    I ended up buying the Garmin Mobile PC. It does have a screen called "where am I?" It shows gps cords. and it also shows you the closest address to where you are. Like if I was driving in the 3500 block of main it might say the closest address is "3515". ManInTan got it right. I like it becuase if I make a traffic stop I can take a quick look and call out on my location on the radio. The other thing that I really like is I work at night and a lot of times I cannot see street numbers on the houses. With the Garmin I can turn it on and see when I am getting close so I don't roll up in front of the house.

    I know that I need to get to know my city better and I will in time. The GPS will just help me while I am learning the city.

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  • ManInTan
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    PS - the Garmin Street Pilot works better than the Nuvi and is cheaper! Whatever you buy, i'd go with Ebay to save $$

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  • ManInTan
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    Paper/Tax maps... right. Call me lazy but if someones life is on the line I am sure they would prefer that I know where I am going. It is good to know your Beat area but I use a Garmin Nuvi but also have Streets 2008 just in case.

    I like the Garmin better and have gotten pretty good with it. Streets is nice but does not find locations as easy in my opinion.

    I too am looking for a GPS that shows my exact position. My Streets 08 and Nuvi does not show your position but the Nuvi will tell you the next street.

    I am guessing you are looking for a way to tell Radio (or someone else) your position for traffic stops, trouble, etc. Seems like a common fear for guys off of FTO. If you know what street you are on you can always look at the Garmin to see what street you are coming up on. If you know your direction you can say STREET A, EAST OF ****** (whatever the garmin says). Use any GPS to know your position without using it though. If you get in an accident or leave your vehicle it will be no help.

    Good luck and welcome to the streets.

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  • Chit2001
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    http://www.microsoft.com/streets/Pro...s.aspx?pid=001

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  • DH30
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    I ended up going with the Garmin. It works pretty well so far. The one feature that I like about it is a feature called "where am I". It shows your current location (no map) and it shows the nearest street address. I like it because at night when I am working traffic, it will help me learn what hundred block I am in.

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  • alanmoor
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    Delorme is your best value for the money, I think. It is a little sluggish, but you get a GPS and mapping software for $80 or so.

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  • JPGT_00
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    I use Streets and Trips with the gps as well. I like it. I also have a county map that will break down all the lots, and parcels.

    Im all about learning my streets and not cheating myself, but having the gps is nice. Your going to learn your roads regardless after driving 12hrs a day it they will come to you.

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  • mtxpro752
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    We use paper maps. You can pull city maps on our MDC, but it's just a pdf version of the paper one.......

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  • DAL
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    Although you should learn the streets by studying a mapbook, sometimes you will not know your location, especially if you work for a county-wide agency.

    If you can't add software, buy a stand-alone GPS unit that you plug into a 12V outlet. You can get good ones for $200.

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  • scout987
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    i use microsoft 2008 streets and trips with the gps unit

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  • Jim1648
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    Will your Agency or IT department allow you to use it? Our IT department is pretty unwilling to let us add software to county computers.

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  • stormz5192
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    Get a map book or tax map. Don't rely on a gps, you'll never learn anything that way. Only cheating yourself.

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  • WadsonF
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    DH30

    You're referring to Microsoft's GPS unit.

    Microsoft Street & Trips 2008 is the latest version.

    Will run you anywhere from 99-199 USD.

    Nothing is hardwired to the car, matter of fact, all you do is connect it to an empty USB port. The GPS unit is a small device you can place right on top of your dashboard. Pin points you're location, and voice activated turn by turn directions.

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  • DH30
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    Our cars do not have GPS either. We do have Panasonic Toughbooks though. And there are several programs with external GPS receivers that work. I'm just trying to decide which one to go with.

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