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    Any recommendations on GPS for our Forensics Mobil Unit

    Well Its time we looked into putting a GPS in our Mobil Forensics Unit
    We have thousands of dollars worth of forensics equipment but no GPS
    Does anyone have any recommendations on makes and models?

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    GPS for the truck, or for the peeps you put out on the ground?

    Also, please go introduce yourself and send in your LEO verification info if you have not already done so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean View Post
    GPS for the truck, or for the peeps you put out on the ground?
    For our truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craiger View Post
    For our truck.
    Garmin Nuvi - model depending on what you have to spend.

    They are almost always top rated.

    Buy a mount from Pro-Clip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean View Post
    Garmin Nuvi - model depending on what you have to spend.

    They are almost always top rated.

    Buy a mount from Pro-Clip.
    i have a garmin nuvi..love it
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    Are you looking for a GPS for navigation, or something like Mobile Station for evidence collection?

    For navigation, both Magellan and Garmin make good products. I like things about both. One nice thing about Garmin is you can set it up to go by street name, then city, where my Magellan needs to start with the city.

    Take a look at them, and see if you can try both. Find the interface you and your guys like; the actual nav software is the same.
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    Jks9199 in responce to your question we are looking for GPS for navigation.

    I think based on everyones recomendations here it sounds like Garmin Nuvi is the best place to start.

    Thank you for everyones help

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    I actually use Tom-Tom GPS for personal use, and it has gotten me all over the country on road trips. It also has a feature that you can update your information by linking it to the computer and it will tell you where road construction is going on and get you the fastest route around it. It's small and also has a dash mount.

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    gps

    Consider a GPS that ties into your forensics laptop computers. Used a Garmin on a laptop for dope buys and raids, this was 10 yrs ago. THeGPS data was quite valuable for dope houses with no address, or fields full of MJ. The GPS coordinates are specific, and that should help in ID the "premises" in a search warrant affidavit. The GPS can also tie into your total station mapping system. You can apply a GPS layer to your crimes scene map, andthat will tie your scene to real-earth, real-time.
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    One of my friends has a Tom Tom One. I couldn't figure out the controls on it for the life of me. I tried out someone else's Nuvi 350 and it was extremely user friendly. I'll probably be picking up a Nuvi 760 soon. I don't have a CD player in my personal or patrol cars right now, so I figure I can play MP3s on it and switch it between cars.
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    I have a TomTom right now that I use for personal use and at work. I absolutely love it. I can plug it into my computer and create trips in Google Earth or Google Maps and download it to the device. I can also download points of interest files (like Sheetz gas stations or "Five Guys" burger joints) that aren't already in the device.

    I got my wife a Garmin and didn't care for the interface. She didn't like it either and we returned it.

    I would HIGHLY recommend that you get a Garmin Nuvi and a TomTom (the top two GPS in the country) from somewhere with a good return policy. Set them both up and use them side by side and see what you like. In a day or two you'll know which one to return.

    If you contact the companies and tell them you would like a test unit to evaluate for the department they may send you free units for a short period of time for eval purposes.

    The TomTom and the Garmin use different companies for their map data. Each brand has fan sites with forums where people are griping about missing streets and weird navigation issues. Neither is perfect. Using them both side by side will give you a better idea of which unit has stronger map data for your area. You may like the Garmin interface but find they are missing many new streets and other data.

    I don't think you can go wrong with TT or Garmin, they are both feature rich products with good histories. You just need to find which one works best for you.
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    just turn the volume down or off. my partner tried it with my tom tom and his magellan. each unit had the same location but choose a different routes. it about drove my partner crazy. it didn't bother me because i'm already there.


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