HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton police have a new tool to make their jobs safer.
The Hampton Police Division’s Special Investigations Unit is using a new app called Law ID on their smartphones.
The app, developed by a New York company called Intellicheck, allows officers to scan the barcode on a driver’s license or ID card and get vital information almost instantly.
It’s the same information they can get on their mobile computers or through dispatch, but it’s in
the palm of their hand and they don’t need to take their eyes off of a perpetrator to get it.
“Any time we can take advantage of technology and make the officers safer in the field that’s a great tool that we are able to add to our tool belt,” said Sgt. Matt Bond, a spokesperson for the Hampton Police Division.
Bond said that 15 officers have the technology as of Wednesday. In addition to identification authentication, police can find if a person is wanted, has gang involvement, is a known or suspected terrorist, violent felon or has other records in law enforcement databases.
Officers can also obtain vehicle registration data as well as check whether items officers encounter such as weapons, articles, vehicles, boats and license plates are reported stolen.
Police say it’s ideal for undercover work and community events.