Hartford Marathon

Hartford police test new tech during marathon

During the Hartford Marathon last month, as thousands of runners plodded through 26.2 miles, one child got lost amid the sea of spectators.

But police administrators overseeing the event knew where their officers were in real time, and dispatched the closest one. The child was returned not long after.

It's easy to react that quickly when each officer has a beacon in his or her pocket. And that's just what Globekeeper, the latest piece of technology that Hartford police are testing, offers.

"For the marathon, layer of redundancy over what we already do," Lt. Brandon O'Brien, the commander of Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics units said. "It could be a...