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August 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.

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Cornell Police Department Creates State-Specific Reports using Spillman

The Cornell University Police Department is adopting new software from Spillman Technologies to help the agency compile data about campus crimes and access critical information from the field.

Using Spillman’s Pin Mapping module, the agency will be able to search for incidents and plot them on an electronic pin map to visually track criminal activity and identify relationships between incidents and suspects.

The new software will also allow the university to meet state and federal crime reporting guidelines by providing them with New York–specific Uniform Crime Reports. The customized reports will enable the agency to capture all reporting data required by the state, including those data elements and report details that differ from FBI requirements.

“We believe that Spillman will significantly reduce the hours invested in managing software and errant data,” said Cornell University Police Department Chief Kathy Zoner. “With the flexibility and reliability of information reporting, our patrols can easily identify crime trends and move proactively to appropriately assign our limited resources. We will be able to see activities on our campus in a way that we have not been able to in the past, and we believe that this information is critical to managing risk and liability.”

Using Spillman’s State Link module, the department can search information stored by the New York Statewide Police Information Network (NYSPIN) or eJusticeNY without using a separate terminal or browser window. Officers can easily retrieve statewide data on warrants, stolen property, missing people, and more.

Cornell University is located in Ithaca, New York, and employs 51 police officers. The agency will be able to use Spillman’s Mobile solution to efficiently operate throughout the 745-acre campus, allowing officers to access critical records data, communicate with agency personnel, and search state and national databases from their vehicle laptops.

The agency is also adopting Spillman’s Computer-Aided Dispatch, Fire/EMS, and Resources solutions. When the agency went live with the software in June, it joined more than 800 agencies using Spillman software nationwide, including 21 campus police departments.

Spillman Technologies meets the needs of public safety professionals with an integrated suite of comprehensive software solutions. The software is installed at police, sheriff, communications, fire, and correctional agencies nationwide.

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Sorenson Forensics Trains Scientist–Police Officers for Nigeria’s First Forensic DNA Lab

Sorenson Forensics announced that it is providing intensive forensic DNA training for Nigerian scientist–police officers at its base in Salt Lake City, Utah, to help prepare these individuals for establishing and operating a law enforcement DNA laboratory in Africa’s most populous nation. The Federal Republic of Nigeria police laboratory will be the first DNA forensics facility in Nigeria.

The Nigerian visiting scientists have been working alongside teams of Sorenson Forensics scientists for eight hours a day since January. The Nigerian police officers brought along crime-scene DNA evidence from open Nigerian homicide cases to examine as part of Sorenson Forensics’ real-world, hands-on educational approach, and they identified a new suspect in a high-profile cold case.

As part of the training, Sorenson Forensics has arranged for the visiting scientist–police officers to tour a number of established law enforcement facilities, including the FBI’s Mountain West computer forensics facility, the Utah State Crime Laboratory, the Cache County Sheriff’s Office facilities, and the Unified Police Department facilities in Salt Lake County, Utah.

“We appreciate learning how to use advanced forensic DNA technology from Sorenson Forensics, a highly respected organization among law enforcement agencies worldwide,” said Elias Uzoemeka, superintendent of police for the Nigeria Police Force. “Today, Nigeria is experiencing economic growth, which enables us to develop advanced law enforcement tools that promote justice and security for our citizens.”

Launched in 2006, Sorenson Forensics has grown rapidly in response to strong demand for advanced DNA identification services from law enforcement agencies throughout the world and from the U.S. legal industry. This Salt Lake City–based company is an independent business unit of Sorenson Genomics, which receives and analyzes forensic evidence for DNA testing from more than 100 law enforcement agencies across the country and delivers on-site educational programs that strengthen forensic DNA laboratories. In 2008, Sorenson Forensics set up the first DNA laboratory in Senegal, western Africa, and trained the scientists who operate it.

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Chatham-Kent Police Service Deploys Avigilon High Definition Surveillance System

Avigilon, a provider of high-definition and megapixel video surveillance systems, announces that the Chatham-Kent Police Service (CKPS) in Ontario, Canada, has deployed the Avigilon High Definition Surveillance System to boost security at its headquarters and deliver detailed, irrefutable evidence to the court in an effort to more effectively meet disclosure requirements and achieve a higher rate of successful convictions. Using the Avigilon system, police officers can reduce investigation times by 90 percent.

“After careful review and unanimous support from our board, Avigilon was quickly identified as the best surveillance solution to help us improve security on-site and provide the courts with the best evidence possible to successfully meet our disclosure requirements,” said CKPS Inspector Tim Mifflin. “Avigilon won based on performance, cost, and ease of operation.”

Officers and administrators at the CKPS seamlessly manage the Avigilon High Definition Surveillance System using Avigilon Control Center network video management software (NVMS) with high-definition stream management and 12 Avigilon analog video encoders to improve the performance of its existing 48 analog cameras. The CKPS has also installed two Avigilon high-definition network video recorders (NVR) with automatic failover to store 30 days of continuous surveillance video with greater reliability and redundancy.

Avigilon Control Center software’s
advanced functionality and superior audio/video synchronization capabilities have dramatically improved the police service’s ability to provide solid, high-quality evidence to the court, leading to a higher rate of conviction. Avigilon’s rich feature-set and simple management tools have enabled the police service to reduce the time required to manage surveillance, decreasing the time taken to search, play back, identify, and copy video to create a file for court purposes by 90 percent. Configured for automatic failover and full redundancy, the Avigilon High Definition Surveillance System delivers the reliability needed to ensure ongoing surveillance in the high-risk environment at CKPS headquarters, where suspects and prisoners are constantly monitored. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 8, August 2010. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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