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Not many things have influenced the work of the Slovenian police like informatics has, as the data provided by information and communication technology (ICT) forms the indispensable basis for all tasks, decisions or reports that are performed, adopted or compiled by the Slovenian police. Today, employees of the police would be helpless without the radio communications, computers, web technology and other systems, equipment and devices operated by the IT and Telecommunications Office which enable us to perform everyday police tasks.

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The Slovenian police was among the first organisations in Slovenia to start successfully introducing the latest technological solutions in its work and develop a safe communications network. Meanwhile, the organisation of this field of work has been changed so that users are able to manage modern information and telecommunications services as effectively as possible.

Gradually, we established connections with the information systems of other organisations and introduced electronic commerce solutions and e-services for citizens. After that, we also became integrated in international systems such as Interpol, Europol's information system and the Schengen Information System. All this has brought upgrades and new solutions and an overhaul of the relevant infrastructure.

Information and communication support in the background of almost every task of ours

Security problems are being increasingly moved to the web environment, which is why the police is building new solutions for better support for the investigation of criminal acts in the field of cyber-crime and for the protection of its own information and communications systems, while being aware of the importance of information protection, including the protection of the rights of individuals to privacy. With all the above, we strive for even greater protection of data, faster responsiveness of police officers in the field and ever more effective operational work, which puts us at the very top among European police forces.

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In the field of electronic devices, we provide a wide range of technical solutions to support the operational work of the police. The best known to the general public are speed cameras and breathalysers for estimating the blood alcohol level of drivers.

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ePolice officer, our third partner on patrol. We have recently introduced numerous modern mobile solutions in police work. Among them is the ePolicist (ePolice officer) service, which enables police officers in the field to check persons, documents and vehicles in the records on a portable mobile device and to conduct procedures such as traffic management quicker and more easily. The additional module ePolicistLite enables police officers to perform mobile border control at border crossings.

Facing the new challenges of the digital age

What huge information and technological changes the Slovenian police, initially as the Militia, has gone through in recent decades! Since the days of handwriting, protracted typing of documents on typewriters, transporting important documents in briefcases and fixed telephony, we have made an almost unbelievable leap into the digital age.

The transition from mechanographic data processing, the beginnings of which date back to 1957, and manual keeping of lists under the card punch system, to the successful accession to the single European information system of control of the external border of the Schengen Area, from the first terminal network with 13 terminals to the exchange of e-mail through a GSM network … required countless large and small technological steps.

Fortunately, we have had development teams of our own all the time which have followed the latest global trends in this field and have tackled new challenges such as the internet and cloud computing, new biometric technologies, unmanned aerial vehicles, high-performance wireless communication (LTE), big data, cyber security and mobile commerce.

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