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Advances & Applications

Where do the good ideas come from? In this column, we offer our readers the opportunity to learn about — and benefit from — some of the cutting-edge technologies being implemented by law enforcement colleagues around the world.

Dashboard Software Helps Ogden Police Fight Crime and Manage Budgets

Universal Mind, Inc., announces that the Ogden, Utah, Police Department (OPD) has deployed the first beta release of SpatialKey for Law Enforcement, the company’s innovative Web-based law enforcement dashboard. Universal Mind developed the program using Rich Internet Application (RIA) technology designed by Adobe to create the SpatialKey platform—a powerful management, visual analysis, and reporting tool that enables the OPD to interact with, and analyze information from, the agency’s Versaterm records management system/computer-aided dispatch system, its ESRI geographic information system (GIS), and other data sources.

SpatialKey was developed in collaboration with the OPD and ESRI using an innovative user interface concept to create a cross-agency tool. Anyone who knows how to use a mouse is able to view, analyze, map, and create CompStat-style reports using hundreds of thousands of current or historical records in a matter of seconds. Knowledge of records management, database report writing, or GIS applications is not required. Command staff, special units, task forces, analysts, and patrol operations can create powerful analytics by moving between different viewpoints, such as time period, jurisdiction, and patrol area or crime type in any order. Compelling reports can be created in seconds to support presentations to the community on services delivered and budget requirements, analysis that reduces patrol costs, and mission-specific analysis for special units and task forces.

“We chose SpatialKey after extensive competitive evaluations because it creates significant opportunities to maximize law enforcement potential,” said Chief Jon J. Greiner of the OPD. “SpatialKey paints a more accurate picture of the trends and patterns in our community and our operations than any other product on the market.”

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Hobbs Police Department Selects New World Systems for a Public Safety Software Solution

The Hobbs, New Mexico, Police Department (HPD) has signed a contract to license New World Systems’ Aegis/MSP Public Safety Solution on the Microsoft platform to replace multiple aging software systems. New World’s integrated solutions will save time for department personnel and will provide officers in the field more access to critical public safety information.

In addition to improving efficiency, New World’s solutions will allow the HPD to share public safety information easily with the Lea County Sheriff’s Office, which also uses New World’s public safety software. “Being able to share information with our county was important to us during our decision-making process,” said Pam Niemeyer, HPD technical services manager. “New World offered all of the modules we were looking for, and their software was the most user-friendly and robust nsystem we reviewed.”

New World Systems will provide the HPD with Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD), Records Management, and Mobile Computing and Corrections software, developed in house using proven Microsoft technology, industry-standard Windows Server, and SQL Server.

New World’s CAD, with embedded ESRI ArcGIS mapping technology, Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL), and direct access to National Crime Information Center information will help Hobbs dispatchers better respond to emergency calls. The new Mobile Computing and Field-Based Reporting software will allow Hobbs police officers to access information quickly and to complete and submit field-based reports from their vehicles.

The HPD will also be able to eliminate much of the paperwork they must handle each day with improved reporting capabilities and integration with common Microsoft applications. Currently struggling with redundant data entry, the department is looking forward to the seamless flow of data through New World’s applications.

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SmeadSoft Customizes Records System for Camas Police Department

What does an agency do with a 20-year-old DOS-based daily log system that only the retiring police chief knows how to administrate? “I knew we’d have to replace it before I left,” explains Don Chaney, retired chief of police in Camas, Washington, now a city councilman. “I had been in on the ground floor with the development and installation of our original system in 1987 and all the piecemeal changes we made along the way. Since it had been my baby, it was important to me to bring the department up to date with an easy-to-use and easy-to-administrate system before I retired—without sacrificing the flexibility we had.”

Specifically, the Camas Police Department (CPD) needed a daily log system that would provide an easy way to search for and access information and create reports. Unlike larger law enforcement agencies that use squad meetings to communicate daily happenings, the CPD relies on its daily log. “It’s also a valuable research tool,” adds Chaney. “When we meet with citizens groups or address constituent audiences, we can quickly provide statistics and other valuable information.”

SmeadSoft customized its barcode-based RMS for Property and Evidence software to create a unique, hybrid system for the CPD that not only captures and tracks all activities but also manages all property and evidence. Using approximately 30 fields, officers can search for information by case number, officer name, suspect, violation, date, time, location, narrative, neighborhood, zone, and many other criteria. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXV, no. 10, October 2008. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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