Lt. John Radwan of the the West Seneca, N.Y., Police Department, (WSPD) told Government Technology that the Police Department has completed the installation of TraCS (Traffic and Criminal Software) and necessary computer hardware on a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Police Motorcycle. Radwan believes that WSPD is the first police department in New York State to accomplish this.

Officer Kenton May Jr., a 29-year veteran of the West Seneca Police Department, uses the laptop at a traffic stop.

The collaborative effort between the Department and technical personnel at both Erie County Central Police Services (CPS) and Buffalo Harley-Davidson Inc. made this project possible.

Hardware used for the project consisted of a Panasonic CF-18 Toughbook tablet PC, a Pentax Pocketjet 3 thermal printer, an L-Tron LTRK handheld scanner, and Ledco docking station and thermal paper holder. All of this equipment -- purchased through GTSI Corp. -- is housed in a Harley-Davidson hard shell Tour-Pak.

Buffalo Harley-Davidson was responsible for the fabrication and installation of a support bracket for the underside of the Tour-Pak and the installation of necessary electrical wiring to the Ledco docking station. CPS' technical personnel configured and installed all of the hardware into the Tour-Pak and the TraCS software onto the Panasonic CF-18 and also fabricated the power distribution switch box for the computer and printer.

Radwan gave special thanks to CPS' Mark Winters, Marlaine Hoffman, Susanne Spencer, Sharon Sitniewski and Buffalo Harley-Davidson.

Wayne Hanson  | 

Wayne E. Hanson served as a writer and editor with e.Republic from 1989 to 2013, having worked for several business units including Government Technology magazine, the Center for Digital Government, Governing, and Digital Communities. Hanson was a juror from 1999 to 2004 with the Stockholm Challenge and Global Junior Challenge competitions in information technology and education.