Technology is making the Hastings Police force more connected than ever.
Mobile connections and iPads are letting officers take information they used to only be able to access at the station on the go.
"When they come to work they grab a hotspot, they take it with them out to their car, that gives them the capability of hooking up to the Internet and hooking back into the computer system," explains Hastings Police Sgt. Steven Murphy.
Murphy says the department started testing a handful of iPads earlier this year, and says so far they've paid off.
"iPads are a lot cheaper than mobile data terminals," he says. "You're talking about $700-800 versus $3,000-4,000."
Murphy says they've been able to load their tablets with necessary apps for less than $50, and he says some of them help officers do things not possible before - like a translation app that allows an officer to overcome language barriers.
"Handwritten forms we used to have to fill out we've now converted into either Word documents or Adobe documents and forms to the officers can just complete them," he says.
Murphy says just being able to email information like pictures of missing people to one another has made their response times that much faster.
And he says being able to log on and find case information is freeing up dispatchers from spending more time handling non-emergency calls.
While more information in the field has been a blessing, Murphy says they're still working out some of the bugs.
But he says now that all Hastings officers have an iPad, they'll all be learning how to better utilize that technology as they go along.