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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.
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center Assists Agencies in Need of Equipment
The National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) system serves police and corrections agencies by providing information and solutions to agencies through its integrated network of centers. It offers free criminal justice technology outreach, demonstrations and testing, and evaluation assistance. The NLECTC is critical to the National Institute of Justice’s mission to assist state, local, tribal, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and other criminal justice agencies address technology needs and challenges.
When agencies need help, they can turn to the NLECTC for technical and practical solutions. One service the NLECTC system provides is assistance with locating and securing federal excess equipment through the 1033 Program. This program allows even very small agencies to procure equipment that they would not otherwise be able to afford.
The 1033 Program (formerly the 1208 Program) permits the Secretary of Defense to transfer, without charge, excess U.S. Department of Defense personal property, including supplies and equipment, to state and local law enforcement agencies.
Chief Robert Hauck of the Tomball, Texas, Police Department has taken advantage of the 1033 Program with assistance from Charlie Brune of NLECTC’s Small, Rural, Tribal, and Border Regional Center.
“Charlie made us aware of the 1033 Program and walked us through the process,” said Chief Hauck. “Through the program, we were able to make our community safer while saving taxpayer money.”
Chief Hauck’s department acquired a six-wheel-drive troop transporter, a Humvee, 20 night sights for AR-15 rifles, 30 flight suits, and a locking commercial-quality refrigerator for storing evidence. The department also received two light towers with generator trailers to use for special events and heart monitors that he shares with local emergency medical services personnel.
“We’re utilizing equipment that would just be sitting there. It makes a real impact on public safety,” said Chief Hauck.
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Bermuda Police Service Adds SAS Enterprise Custody and Intelligence Solution
The Bermuda Police Service has long used the Memex intelligence platform for its Intelligence Unit. The agency recently rebuilt its custody facilities and environment to comply with Police and Criminal Evidence Act requirements. Agency representatives explored an enterprise solution for the service’s entire booking and case management process and selected SAS’ Memex product line. Police officials observed a similar system being deployed at the Surrey, United Kingdom, Police Force before making its decision.
Coupled with the fusion center expertise and the intelligence management lineage of Memex, SAS, through this solution, offers a meaningful opportunity for crime prevention and threat disruption through accurate, timely information and insight. Regardless of data sources, the solution allows for a solid operational and analytical foundation to enhance community and office safety.
“Our ability to grow and expand with SAS was a key factor in our decision to bring in additional SAS state-of-the-art technology to our policing model,” said Bermuda Police Commissioner Michael A. DeSilva. “As a result, our entire police service will now have access to the SAS Enterprise system to tackle violence, gang-related activity, and other crimes. Our officers will have one global view of people in custody and the critical information they need to best perform their jobs.”
The SAS Enterprise Law Enforcement solution enables the Bermuda Police Service to interface with national resources and systems for fingerprint identification, street addresses, geospatial mapping, and properties through the entire due process lifecycle from capture to disposal of information. It enables officials to review a person’s entire file—from custody, intelligence, and criminal records—through a single-source portal and link the information to discern patterns and connections. It manages the data in a case file that is designed to streamline information for the entire legal process.
For information, visit http://www.sas.com.
South Dakota Agencies to Increase Officer Safety, Efficiency with Spillman
The Aberdeen Police Department, the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, and Brown County Communications are the first agencies in South Dakota to use Spillman software to meet the challenges of their growing communities. The agencies will go live with their system in 2013.
The region is rapidly expanding, said Aberdeen Police Chief Don Lanpher, with more growth expected in the future. Spillman’s mobile software will help the agencies stretch their power by allowing field personnel to spend more time patrolling the community. Using software, officers can complete and submit reports from their laptop computers rather than traveling back to agency headquarters. Further, the software allows field personnel to access alerts and warnings before approaching potentially dangerous individuals.
“The Brown County Sheriff, Mark Milbrandt, and I discussed how we could improve on what we currently have, and we decided we needed a system that provides everything,” said Chief Lanpher. “We considered officer safety one of our main priorities for a new system. Being able to receive critical information while in the car prior to contacting a person is a valuable asset.”
Field personnel using Spillman’s mobile solution also will be able to quickly access records and time-sensitive call information without relying on radios. The agencies plan to store public safety data on a single server at the Aberdeen Police Department, where they can be accessed by field personnel using laptop computers, smartphones, and other mobile devices.
“Before, the officers relied on a dispatcher to retrieve the data they requested and then passed it on via radio,” Chief Lanpher said. “That tied up the dispatcher who could have calls waiting.” ♦
For information, visit http://www.spillman.com.