Police in the nation’s capital are hoping to use the new tool to help crack down on crime, court documents filed Tuesday show.
A tool developed by the D.D.C.’s Police and Emergency Services Command, Fiddlehead, would allow police to quickly search through criminal court records and other court records without needing to physically go to a police station.
It would also let them search for a suspect who is being sought in court.
The tool, called the Docket Search, would be offered to all officers in the District in the coming weeks, according to the DSS.
The tool would be made available in a limited number of cities, including Washington, D.B., Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Boston, according the documents.
The tools, which were developed in cooperation with the FBI, are intended to be used by police agencies across the country, said a police department spokeswoman.
The documents also describe how officers would use the tool to conduct a background check on a suspect before releasing a report.
The D.H.S. and D.P.S.’s tool is one of several police tools being rolled out across the U.S., according to a separate police department press release.
The new tool will allow police departments to review the criminal justice system in a timely manner, allowing officers to respond to calls within a reasonable amount of time, the release said.
The FBI has been assisting police departments across the nation with crime prevention and analysis, including in communities of color.
In July, the FBI and the DPD announced a partnership to use technology to identify people who commit crimes and offer tips to help police stop those people.
The National Institute of Justice recently released a report that found police departments around the country need to improve training, technology and access to evidence in their use of stop-and-frisk tactics.