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June 2010 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.

Sanford, Florida, Public Safety Complex Celebrates Construction Milestone with Architects Design Group

From left: Fire Chief Gerard Ransom, Mayor Linda Kuhn, Police Chief Brian Tooley, Commissioner Velma Williams, City of Sanford Project Manager Nick McRay, Interim City Manager Thomas George, and Architects Design Group Project Manager Daniel Barrett
Recently, the city of Sanford, Florida, celebrated a key step in the process of completing its new public safety complex, located just east of the city’s historic Goldsboro neighborhood. Attendees included elected officials, the city’s police and fire chiefs, Architects Design Group (ADG), and all disciplines of the design team, including the construction management team of Wharton Smith and subcontractors. The ceremony marked the milestone at which the highest structural element was installed at the atrium roof. The atrium connects the police and fire department’s new 76,000-square-foot, two-story public safety facility.

“The city of Sanford public safety building project has been more than 16 years in the making,” said Sanford Police Chief Brian Tooley. “When the groundbreaking happened, many of our officers had believed this building would never materialize. That said, this building will provide a state-of-the-art facility for the men and women of the Sanford Police Department and the Sanford Fire Department to provide the best service possible to our community. The whole project team—the architects at Architects Design Group, the police and fire department staffs, the project manager, the city commission, the mayor, the city manager’s office, and the Wharton Smith construction crew—worked together seamlessly to make this a reality.”

ADG designed the complex to include all the necessary elements for a fully functioning police department, with vehicle-evidence processing, emergency services unit vehicle storage, and a drive-through sally port. The two-story fire department is comprised of a five-bay fire station, crew quarters on the first floor, and a fire administration and an emergency operations center on the second floor.

The structure is designed to withstand wind speeds in excess of 150 miles per hour, with 100 percent mechanical and electrical redundancy to all critical infrastructures to ensure the complex remains operational before, during, and after a natural or man-made disaster. ADG also assisted the city in acquiring more than $700,000 in FEMA grant funding for the project.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in October 2010.

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BIO-key Delivers FBI-Compliant Authentication Solution for Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office

BIO-key International Inc., a leader in fingerprint-based biometric identification solutions, announces the successful deployment at the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office of an FBI-compliant advanced authentication solution for law enforcement mobile data system users statewide, based on BIO-key’s secure fingerprint authentication.

The solution complies with new federal security requirements for advanced user authentication from in-vehicle laptops accessing FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) databases, while streamlining the log-on process for busy patrol officers and other users. More than 400 fingerprint scanners have been installed in Oklahoma State Highway Patrol vehicles and in patrol cars in Tulsa County and Oklahoma County. Upon completion of this deployment, 800 police vehicles will be equipped statewide.

The project, funded through the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council under the federal Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program, is being managed by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office hosts the statewide mobile data system serving more than 70 federal, state, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies.

“The reception from officers in the field has been fantastic,” said Lieutenant Matt Jackson of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office. “We’re able to meet a new federal security requirement and make their jobs easier at the same time. The log-on process is more streamlined. Officers no longer have to remember their user IDs or passwords, and, unlike a token or smartcard, you can’t damage, misplace, or lose your fingerprint.”

BIO-key’s Vector Segment Technology, the patented fingerprint matching algorithm used to identify the officers in this application, is integrated with InterActMobile, the mobile data solution from BIO-key partner, Interact Public Systems, which these Oklahoma agencies currently use.

The BIO-key solution is fingerprint-reader independent, allowing for enrollment, identification, and verification to be performed across a variety of fingerprint scanners. This feature provided Oklahoma County with the ability to deploy a fingerprint reader that not only meets the rigorous U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard 201 (FIPS 201) for Personal Identification Verification (PIV) for law enforcement users, but one that is also NIST-certified for two-finger digital fingerprint capture. As a result, the same readers can be used by officers in the field to help positively identify persons of interest when these departments receive wireless access to the state’s offender fingerprint database in the near future, eliminating the need for additional readers.

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Defiance County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office and Decatur Electronics Recycle Old Video Systems, Upgrade

Decatur Electronics announces its partnership with the Defiance County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office, the first law enforcement agency to take advantage of Decatur’s Green for Green environmental trade-in program for in-car video.

The Green for Green program allows law enforcement agencies to trade in their outdated in-car video systems for the new Responder 1000 in-car video system, while Decatur recycles the old systems.

“We’re glad to work with Decatur,” said Captain Chris Clawson, from the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office. “New in-car video systems help us keep the country safer. Decatur’s program gave us a chance to recycle the old units and get a good deal on the new equipment we needed.”

Law enforcement agencies around the nation count on in-car video systems to help them protect their communities. In a study by the IACP, an overwhelming majority of prosecutors found in-car video useful in prosecuting criminals driving under the influence and assaulting officers.

Defiance County’s purchase allows officers to take advantage of recent strides in video technology to capture high-quality evidence while remaining green. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 6, June 2010. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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