15 Mobile & Tablet Apps For Police Officers

26 Oct 2015

Top 15 Mobile & Tablet Police Apps

As a police officer, you’re on the move and need multiple resources in the field. But you also don’t need to lug around your Encyclopedia-sized book on criminal law. It’s 2015. Start utilizing that mini computer we call a smartphone to get some great work done.

We’ve compiled a list of 15 mobile police apps designed with the needs of police officers in mind. Need a cheat-sheet of Miranda rights? We got it. Want a comprehensive list of the FBI’s Most Wanted?  It’s in here. You can even get live traffic feed and law enforcement stats in real-time. Most of these police apps are free, and the others cost only a few dollars. But you can always ask your department if it would cover the costs. After all, these police apps are tools to streamline work and make you the most efficient officer you can be. Most of the law enforcement apps are available in Android and iPhone/iOS formats, but always check for any changes.


Price: Free to Download

This app connects law enforcement officers to community residents. Officers can only be so many places at once, but this police app encourages civilians to be crime fighters too. More eyes looking out means more safety. More than 200 agencies nation-wide are currently using it to do just that. If your department doesn’t have it yet, suggest it to the administration. Officers with trust-based relationships within the community often produce leads.

Criminal Justice Degree and Programs


Price: Free to Download

Law enforcement is a dangerous job. This app is not only a sobering reminder for officers to stay alert, but also an active community to remember the fallen.  This police app has memorials of more than 21,000 fallen law enforcement officers, and even fellow K9s. You can search by agency, name, local or recent. There is also an active feed of trends in Line of Duty Deaths that highlight cause of death and location. You can also get involved and donate in honor of a fallen officer.

Officer Down Memorial Page


Price: Free to Download

The police code 10-21 means to make a phone call, and that’s exactly what this app does. A police officer can call a citizen from their phone, but their phone number is displayed as a local (not blocked) phone number while using the app. It keeps personal phone numbers private, and is meant to establish a trusting relationship for both citizens and police officers. There are also modifications to request a call back and a quiet notification while off-duty.



Price: Free to Download

This app is the mobile and tablet platform for the Police One news site. There is breaking news, product reviews, safety tips, videos, jobs, news feeds, forums, games, and featured columns. Stay up-to-date on law enforcement information and the latest news.



Price: $2.99 to Download

This police app turns your smartphone into a body video camera. The app records point of view video that is automatically stamped with the time, date, and GPS location. Users can choose different settings of high quality video based on video storage. There is also a tool to add notes to the corresponding video data.



Price: $1.99 to Download

This app can be a game changer for a police officer who needs to identity pills while in the field. The identifier tool shows a picture of the pill, along with the name and physical description.  Users can also input physical descriptions of a pill to search related options. There are also descriptions of proper medication treatment for each drug.



Price: Free to Download

The Field Sobriety Test (FST) app assists police officers with DUI investigations in the field from the initial observations to filing the report. The observation section features the suspects’ name, signs of intoxication, location, the date, the time, and the ability to describe this information via text or audio. There are more than 20 pre-field sobriety test questions to ask the suspect and a series of field-sobriety tests, each with a note section to record more detailed information. The app also assists the officer with the arrest and report of the suspect.



Price: $5.99 to Download

This cop app is an entire comprehensive guide for law enforcement with more than 2,000 pages of information. It might seem overwhelming but the articles and tools are efficiently organized and user-friendly. It has near-perfect reviews. Features include DEA chemical list, case laws, training articles, pill identifier, work calendar, GPS-stamped photos, accident investigation formulas and live RSS feeds of law enforcement news.

US Cop


Price: Free to Download

Police officers are often present at emergency situations. Medical first responders might not yet have arrived or may be busy treating a different patient. This first aid app is a good tool for police to aid in everyday first aid scenarios. There are videos and animations to guide through common first aid situations such as burns, choking, CPR, broken bones, and bleeding. There are also safety tips for emergencies such as tornados and earthquakes. Most importantly, all content is pre-loaded into the app so you don’t need reception or an Internet connection to access it.



Price: $6.99 to Download

Spanish is the most spoken non-English language in the U.S., even among non-Hispanics, according to this study by the Pew Research Center. So odds are you’ll meet many Spanish speakers in your community, especially if you’re working at a department in the Southwest. This police app has translations specifically targeted to phrases and vocabulary you’ll need in a law enforcement setting. Some examples are expressions for arrests, drug or alcohol use and interview questions. There’s also an audio help tool that shows you how to pronounce the Spanish translation.

Spanish for Patrol Officers


Price: $12.00 per Month

This app was started by police officers and is used as a mobile evidence collection app for law enforcement. Officers can collect audio, video, photos, and notes in the field and seamlessly upload it to the cloud. All information stored on the cloud is secure with 256 bit encryption. If integrated with an entire police department, this case data information can also be shared with different officers and departments.



Price: $9.99 to Download

Keep track of your weapons training with this ballistics calculator. There are saved profiles of each firearm you use, so you know how to improve your shots. This police app measures ammo, look angle, move speed, atmosphere, spin drift, and even Coriolis Effect.  There are extensive maps and data on your ammunition and firearms to give you the best shooting chance.



Price: Free to Download

This popular app has been downloaded more than 1 million times and is the the mobile app for TheLaw.com.  The app has free legal advice, case reviews, articles, and free legal forms. It’s an extensive database with 600 abbreviations and 14,000 legal entries. All the information is within the app so no Internet connection is required. There is also a directory to find attorneys and lawyers based on location and the ability to search a question within the app.



Price: Based on Department Size

This app is is not only designed with police in mind, but also for firefighters, emergency medical staff, and all first responders. It features an interactive map of a designated area that shows information such as locations of 911 calls, sex offenders, fire hydrants, building pre plans, hazardous materials, crimes, and accidents. It can show weather conditions, road and marine traffic, wildfires, and real time locations of first responder vehicles. Users can send messages with videos, photos, and text to predetermined groups. There is also a public interactivity feature that sources feeds from Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr that surround a geographical location. PublicEye integrates with existing CAD/RMS systems and is meant to be purchased at a department level.



Price: Free to Download

This particular app is included with a purchase of a mount that connects any smartphone to any firearm, but you can also download it for free anytime. It allows your smartphone to used on the field or in a range. This tactical app measure shooting performance and shows data on how to improve. For example, it features recorded video, zoom, GPS location, reticle library, custom ammo library, strobe, flashlight, and compass direction. There is a heads up display to safely shoot around corners. The latest version even integrates thermal night vision with the ability to toggle back and forth between night and day vision in a single tap.


4 Responses

  1. Joseph Patten

    Thanks for the list. I’m a criminal justice student and planning to be a police officer so it’s great to get an idea of the new technology out there.

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