Judges can now digitally approve search warrants

July 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Kevin Corley in Information Management

Law enforcement agencies are just one of a number of different organizations that have realized how going paperless can help their groups work quickly and more efficiently. In Jackson County, Michigan, District Judges now have the ability to authorize search warrants electronically. 

According to Michigan-based news source MLive, all four district court judges now have tablets and smartphones that will allow them to immediately sign warrants when officers need them quickly. Whether it's after-hours or in the midst of a fast-paced investigation, this improved information management measure will allow the police to move faster to solve crimes and apprehend criminals.

"In theory, they should be able to get the warrant within minutes of its presentation," Chief District Judge R. Darryl Mazur said, according to the source.

Police officers in India are taking their stations paperless as well. Indian news source DNA reported that police personnel in Ahmedabad are using document imaging software to transfer all existing paperwork to electronic files, and the police department announced that it plans to have police officers do more of their work online. The source reported that this technological shift will allow officers to share information and work more closely with one another to investigate cases.

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