By Paul Schouten, Instructional Development Services Lab Assistant
This issue of TechInsights will focus on different applications available to LEJA majors. These apps can be used as study tools, real life law enforcement insight, or simply sources of interest.
The Law Guide- The Law Guide is a free app made by TheLaw.com, which is used for reference for the very many legal terms used in various legal systems. The app contains a dictionary of over 8,500 definitions of legal terms as well as several guides for different fields of law. The Law Guide can serve as a great study tool for LEJA majors and is great way to quickly reference terms used in our complex legal system. This app is also entirely advertisement free which is a nice added bonus!
Download in iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-law-guide/id382017848?mt=8
5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite- Of the many available police scanner apps present on the app store, the 5-0 Radio Police Scanner may be the easiest and most functional of them all. This app is the free version that contains advertisements, but otherwise works similarly to the paid version. The app lists police scanner feeds by counties all across the country that you can connect to. Once connected, you have to ability to listen to the scanner in the background while running different applications. Another very helpful tool contained in the app in the built in police codes. This allows for easy interpretation while listening to the scanner.
Download in iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/5-0-radio-police-scanner-lite/id356336433?mt=8
DUI Warning and Test Instructions- This app is useful for real life policing. It explains Field Sobriety Test instructions used by different police departments from several different states across the country. Once you choose a state, it will list out step-by-step instructions for the specific field sobriety test. This can also be a helpful preparation tool for LEJA majors or actually be used by police in the field. Another added bonus of the app is the .08 chart. This chart allows people to see how different drinks affect their blood alcohol levels. It also explains how many drinks in a certain amount of time will affect the blood alcohol level. DUI Warning and Test Instructions can be found on the App Store for $0.99.
Download in iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dui-warning-test-instructions/id351993228?mt=8
CrimeReports- This is a free app on the app store and gives access to updates on neighborhood level crimes and sex offender information in real time. There are 1200 law enforcement agencies that provide the information. They cover most of North America and all 50 states. You also have the option to sign up for email alerts for specific areas. This option is also free. This app is useful for staying up to date on how much crime is taking place in the user’s areas of interest.
Download in iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crimereports/id343636598?mt=8
Other Resources for additional App suggestions:
Top 10 iPhone Apps for Criminal Justice Majors or Professionals
10 Great iPad Apps for Criminal Justice Majors or Professionals
33 Police Apps for Law Enforcement Officers and Future Crime Fighters
Tech Tip – 5-0 Radio Police Scanner: Listen to Stations Near You
By Corey James, Instructional Development Services Graduate Assistant
In order to listen to stations around your local area, open up the 5-0 Radio Police Scanner. Once the app is open, touch the area that says Local Scanner Feeds.
Now it will search for local stations. Once it is done scanning, you should see a list of the stations near your location.
Touch the station that you would like to listen to. Once your screen looks like the image below, you will automatically be listening to your station. Keep in mind that you may not hear anything right away.CrimeReports, Criminal Justice, DUI app, iOS apps, Law Enforcement, LEJA, Police, Police Scanner app, Public Safety, The Law Guide