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LASD - Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept Information Bureau (SIB)
Wednesday November 14th, 2012 :: 07:14 p.m. PST

Progress In Mobile Technology With 1,000+ Mobile Computers Deployed To Protect The Community - LASD

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department proudly announces the deployment of over 1,000 Mobile Data Computers (MDC), installed in marked and unmarked Sheriff’s radio cars and motorcycles. The computers were formally introduced November 2, 2011, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Communications and Fleet Management Bureau as part of the Mobile Data Computer Systems (MDCS) Project, in partnership with Raytheon to provide deputies with faster and more detailed information while working in the field.

Click on the links below to see videos of this great new technology in action!

New Mobile Communication System - LASD (4 min.)

Mobile Data Computer - LASD (2 min.)

Mobile Mapping - LASD (3 min.)

Mobile ID (Blue Chip) - LASD (4 min.)

The MDC has the capacity to provide information such as Global Positioning System (GPS), internet service, fingerprint databases, DMV information, Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) System, and much more to remote locations using advanced processing systems developed through Raytheon.

Captain Scott Edson, Bureau Commander of the Communications and Fleet Management Bureau, said, “The Mobile Data Computer was the foundation of our future. With over 1,000 deployed, we now have the foundation for new technologies, have become more efficient, and better serve the public.

“Today, the MDC provides us access to various systems such as the computer aided dispatch, vehicle mapping, field based reporting, county wide warrant system, DMV information and photographs, wanted person flyers, photos of missing children, Amber Alerts, probation and parole information, community based services, and many other law enforcement data sources we never had access to before. Additionally, should we be unable to identify an individual we had reason to detain, a fingerprint reader is included which interfaces to the MDC.”

Captain Edson went on to say, “The bottom line is the MDC brings much more knowledge to the field deputy, allowing him/her to be more responsive to the community and fight crime. A dispatcher can see a deputy’s location relative to a call for service improving response times, deputies can see each other when responding to contain a crime location and simply fill in the gaps, and so much more. We will continue to look for technologies that will make us more efficient and improve our ability to serve the county residents and visitors.”

Since the inception of the MDCS Project, over 1,000 MDCs have been deployed to more than half of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department's 26 patrol stations and bureaus, with 3,000 deputies trained to use them.

Sheriff’s stations and bureaus which have their MDCs and whose personnel have already been using their MDC-equipped vehicles are:

Carson Station, which polices the City of Carson and unincorporated communities of Gardena, Rancho Dominguez, Torrance and Harbor City, ;

Century Station, which polices the City of Lynwood and unincorporated communities of Athens Park, Florence/Firestone, Walnut Park, and Willowbrook, ;

Cerritos Station, which polices the City of Cerritos, ;

Compton Station, which polices the City of Compton and unincorporated communities of East Rancho Dominguez, Gardena and Rosewood, ;

East Los Angeles Station, which polices the Cities of Commerce, Cudahy, and Maywood, and the unincorporated communities of Belvedere Gardens, City Terrace, Eastmont, East Los Angeles, Saybrook Park, and Union Pacific, ;

Industry Station, which polices the Cities of Industry, La Puente and La Habra Heights, in addition to the unincorporated communities of Bassett, Hacienda Heights, Valinda, East Valinda, West Valinda, and North Whittier, ;

Lakewood Station, which polices the Cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood and Paramount, and unincorporated communities in Long Beach and Cerritos, ;

Lancaster Station, which polices the City of Lancaster and the unincorporated communities of Antelope Acres, Lake Los Angeles, and Quartz Hill in the Antelope Valley, ;

Metrolink, which patrols the Metrolink commuter train lines through Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino, San Diego, and Ventura Counties, ;

Palmdale Station, which polices the City of Palmdale and the unincorporated communities of Acton, Agua Dulce, Leona Valley, Little Rock, Pearblossom and Vasquez Rocks in the Antelope Valley, ;

Parks Bureau, which polices 177 county parks, golf courses and special event venues throughout Los Angeles County, ;

Pico Rivera Station, which polices the City of Pico Rivera and unincorporated community of West Whittier, ;

South Los Angeles Station, which, polices the City of Lawndale and the unincorporated communities of Athens, Del Aire, El Camino Village, Lennox, Moneta Gardens, and Wiseburn, ;

Temple Station, which polices the Cities of Bradbury, Duarte, Rosemead, South El Monte, and Temple City, in addition to the unincorporated communities of Arcadia, Chantry Flats, Duarte, Monrovia, East Pasadena, North San Gabriel, and South San Gabriel, .

Stations and bureaus with partial implementation which will soon be completed are, the Civil Management Unit, County Services Bureau, Malibu/Lost Hills, Santa Clarita, Special Enforcement Bureau K-9, and West Hollywood.

Altadena, Avalon, Crescenta Valley, Lomita, Marina Del Rey, Norwalk, San Dimas, and Walnut Stations, Transit Services Bureau, and Court Services Transportation are projected to be completed by the beginning of Summer, 2013.

Sheriff Lee Baca said, "Raytheon worked closely with our sheriff's deputies, engineers and technicians to integrate the latest public safety technologies and capabilities into our vehicles. This new mobile data computer system will greatly increase the efficiency of deputies in the field, providing them more knowledge at their fingertips, and enabling them to do more for the public now and in the years ahead."

To read earlier news releases about MDC technology, visit our website at or click on the hyperlinks below to access related stories and footage:

Public Safety Increased Through Advanced Technology of MDC

MDCS Helps Santa Clarita Valley Station Deputies Catch Burglars

MDCS Assists Lancaster Deputies With Geo-Tagging of Discarded Drugs During Vehicle Pursuit

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Deputy Lillian Peck
Captain Mike Parker
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Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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