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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.

Granite City Police Department Shares Critical Information with County Sheriff’s Office

New World Systems announces that the Granite City, Illinois, Police Department (GCPD), serving a population of more than 30,000 residents, will achieve its goal of becoming the first agency in Madison County, Illinois, to share critical public safety information with the sheriff’s office. The police department has signed a contract to license New World Systems’ Aegis/MSP Public Safety Solution on the Microsoft platform, the same solution the county selected in 2006.

“Our goal is to be the first city in Madison County to move to New World Systems and achieve interoperability with the Sheriff’s Office,” said Richard Miller, Granite City chief of police. “We are fortunate that the Sheriff’s Office has gone through the selection process and successfully implemented New World. When we decided to look for a new solution, the value of New World’s software and the ability to easily share information with the county made New World the obvious choice.”

New World Systems will provide the GCPD with computer-aided dispatch, records management system (RMS), mobile computing, and field-based reporting software developed in-house using proven Microsoft technology, industry-standard Windows Server, and SQL Server. The advanced Microsoft workflow and reporting technology in New World’s software will help GCPD dispatchers, officers, and records clerks eliminate redundant data entry. The seamless flow of data will ensure easy access to critical information for officers while in the field and during investigations.

“New World’s RMS will make our staff more efficient,” said Chief Miller. “Our officers will also have more information at their fingertips to make them more effective in fighting crime.”

“I have complete confidence that New World is the right choice for the police department,” said Chief Miller. “They offer a far more modern approach to RMS and technology for our officers. We’re looking forward to taking this step forward in improving our capabilities and efficiency.”

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Napa County Sheriff’s Department Deploys NEC AFIS Technology

The Napa County, California, Sheriff’s Office often faced challenges with manual and slow latent fingerprint processing. Additionally, because subjects often refused to accurately identify themselves, booking processes were slowed. During investigations, the agency had to mail fingerprint records manually and then wait while state records were searched, a process that often took weeks.

As a result, earlier this year, the Napa County Sheriff’s Department deployed NEC’s automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) desktop solution, called AFIS21-DS. The deployment not only established Napa County’s own fingerprint database but also integrated it with the California Department of Justice’s fingerprint and palm database (which contains 15.7 million records), allowing Napa County to search state records quickly and share its own records statewide.

AFIS21-DS allows even small agencies with small budgets to control their own AFIS, maximizing productivity while minimizing costs. The system features software-based matching algorithms built on a scalable, affordable architecture that can be configured with as few as two personal computers or extended to multiple services in a parallel processing environment.

Today, improved latent processing means crimes are solved more quickly and accurately, and better ten-print processing capabilities mean subjects are identified almost instantly. Napa County’s electronic integration with the state database delivers matches within minutes, not weeks.

“The results were immediate and significant, and confirmed our view that NEC was the right choice for our AFIS technology,” said Melissa Coleman, information systems specialist for the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

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Greensboro Welcomes ELSAG Manufacturing Center

ELSAG North America Law Enforcement Systems announces the grand opening of its newly expanded Greensboro, North Carolina, Manufacturing and Technical Center. The 12,000-square-foot facility will house manufacturing and continue to provide engineering, technical, and customer support personnel for ELSAG’s Mobile Plate Hunter advanced license plate recognition technology. Up to 100 new jobs will be created by ELSAG in the coming year as it expands its presence in North America.

Mark Windover, ELSAG North America president and CEO, welcomed Yvonne Johnson and Tim Bellamy, Greensboro mayor and chief of police, respectively; North Carolina State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Hatcher; and representatives from state and local government agencies to the ceremony.

In welcoming remarks, Mayor Johnson stated, “Today is a great day in Greensboro. ELSAG’s license plate recognition technology is an important investment in community safety and also helps police officers become more efficient and safer. We are so pleased that ELSAG has chosen Greensboro as its United States manufacturing and technical center.”

Lieutenant Colonel Hatcher commented that the North Carolina State Highway Patrol “expects to further investigate the use of ELSAG’s Mobile Plate Hunter-900 technology for use on North Carolina highways. We are committed to using whatever tools are necessary to apprehend people who do bad things in our state.”

ELSAG North America’s industry leading brand, the Mobile Plate Hunter-900 (MPH-900), has over 1,000 deployments in 29 states, with nearly 4,500 company deployments worldwide. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXV, no. 12, December 2008. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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