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.
Palm Bay, Florida, Police Department Adds Dazer Lasers to Fleet
Laser Energetics Inc. announces that the city of Palm Bay, Florida, has purchased Dazer Laser Guardians. The Palm Bay Police Department’s utilization of the Dazer Laser will better position the agency in today’s challenges against crime.
In addition to the purchase, the Palm Bay Police Department will work jointly with Laser Energetics Inc. by testing the Dazer Laser to focus on implementation of best-use practice and tactical strategies in various disciplines. Doug Muldoon, Deputy Chief of the Palm Bay Police Department and Vice President of the FBI National Academy Associates, will oversee the implementation of the Dazer Laser into Patrol Operations.
Palm Bay Police Chief Bill Berger, a past president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) who has held numerous IACP leadership posts, said, “This purchase provides another opportunity for the Palm Bay Police Department to utilize cutting-edge technology. It would also be accurate to say Palm Bay was one of the first in the nation to equip every one of its officers with nonlethal weapons, specifically the Taser.”
Lee Feldman, city manager of Palm Bay, stated, “High technology products such as the Dazer Laser greatly enhance our crime-fighting abilities. Testing this latest new technology is a testament to our innovative Police Department.”
The Palm Bay Police Department recently achieved national status as leaders through Search Operations Aerial Response (SOAR), a program funded by the National Institute of Justice and its Law Enforcement Aviation Technology Program.
Laser Energetics Inc. has and continues to develop a comprehensive and strategic laser product line that addresses laser applications in law enforcement, science, medicine, homeland security, and the military.
For more information, visit http://www.dazerlaser.com.
City of Delaware, Ohio, Police Department Relies on APR’s PCBS Report
The city of Delaware, Ohio, Police Department has found APR’s PCBS report for background investigations a useful tool in hiring police officers.
The PCBS, a professionally developed computer-scored self-report, is designed to assist screening police candidates by identifying high-risk candidates, measuring and quantifying work style and patterns in other work-related behavior, identifying red-flag areas for background investigator checking, identifying work style and behavior areas for clinical psychologist evaluation, and providing important information early in the screening process.
PCBS helps in a number of ways, including helping background investigators be more effective, allowing police departments to compare their candidates with other candidates nationwide, and assisting in avoiding and defending wrongful hiring lawsuits.
“The city of Delaware, Ohio, relies heavily on the feedback we receive from APR while using the PCBS,” said Jacqueline Walker, director of the city’s Department of Administrative Services. “It has proven time and time again to be an extremely insightful and useful tool through the interview process.”
For more information, visit http://www.aprtestingservices.com/government/pcbs.
Albany, New York, Collects More Revenue with Enforcement System
The city of Albany, New York, has collected almost $1 million in additional parking ticket revenues so far this year. Since the parking enforcement operation officially went live in March 2010, Complus Data Innovations Inc. (CDI) has helped the city to collect a significant portion of backlogged, unpaid tickets and increase collections on newly issued tickets.
As part of the multiyear contract with Albany, CDI is providing parking enforcement technology and delinquent collection services. The contract also includes a complete data conversion from the old system, nationwide Department of Motor Vehicle lookups, and web-based parking ticket payments.
Of the increased revenue, City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan said “It’s the benefit of having a twenty-first century computer system. We will continue to adjudicate and enforce our own tickets, but with our new enhanced database, we will be better able to pursue enforcement efforts, particularly against scofflaws.” ■
For more information, visit http://www.complusdata.com.