Motorola Solutions Showcases New Technology to LCJ Interns

Motorola Solutions Showcases New Technology to LCJ Interns

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Rebecca Green
August 01, 2014

Motorola Solutions joined Washington, D.C.’s law enforcement leaders and Washington Center interns to address the opportunities and challenges new technology presents to public safety and national security.


FBI Agent Tim Gallagher and U.S. Marshal Grace Rivera shared personal stories of how real-time data, telecommunications and mobile device applications have helped them track and apprehend suspects. Rivera explained how reviewing footage from cameras and financial records, along with other intelligence methods, has saved much of the precious time it takes to stake out suspects in the field. Rivera, a self-professed millennial in her fourth year with the U.S. Marshals Service, said her higher comfort level with technology has helped her on the job. She acknowledges she may rely too heavily on these resources at times, whereas her veteran colleagues rely more on traditional investigation methods.


Greg Lawlor, market development manager for Motorola, demonstrated an interface currently in a testing phase. The tool allows public safety officials to monitor criminal communications by tracking keywords and social media content that leads to information about drug deals, child pornography and other crimes.


Although these tools are effective in fighting illegal activity, court approval for their use can be slow to achieve. Judges must preserve the privacy and civil rights of all citizens, creating a dichotomy between ethical standards and effective law enforcement. Gallagher advised the audience of future law and criminal justice leaders to always uphold professional integrity.


For students about to launch their careers in law and criminal justice, the panel offered a vision of what their futures might hold. “I can’t imagine what I will be able to accomplish when I enter public safety if officials can use twitter to find criminals,” said Dustie Smith, a student at the University of Central Arkansas and intern with the U.S Marshals.


Following the panel, Motorola scholars joined internship site supervisors and Motorola executives for a round-robin conversation about careers in public safety. Company representatives Matt Blakely and Casey Hastings accepted a certificate of appreciation from TWC for the foundation’s continued support.


This year Motorola provided $75,000 in scholarships that benefitted students in TWC’s Law and Criminal Justice program. In summer 2014, 19 students received financial assistance from Motorola and had the chance to mingle with executives after the panel.


TWC extends a special thank you to Motorola Solutions for an exclusive look at their innovative technology and to Gallagher and Rivera, both TWC alumni, for sharing their expertise about industry trends and expectations.


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