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Advance & 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.

State and Local Agencies Use Information Retrieval Tool
Seisint Inc. announces Accurint for Law Enforcement, an information retrieval tool designed to help law enforcement officers in agencies of all sizes find suspects and key witnesses. Investigators using Accurint for Law Enforcement can tap into information from Seisint's proprietary repository of billions of public records, starting with just a few pieces of information, such as a suspect's first and last name, phone number, or previous address.

"Securing accurate information is an exhaustive yet mission-critical step in any investigation," said V. Smith, an analyst with the Illinois State Police Department. "We rely on Seisint's solutions to help speed investigation time and close cases faster. The quality, speed, and depth of the information that Accurint provides our department are truly unmatched."

Conducting law enforcement investigations manually is costly and time-consuming and can yield stale information. Accurint for Law Enforcement is engineered to solve this problem by giving police officers access to the regularly updated information in the Seisint data supercomputer.

"As a midsize sheriff's department, we, like many other law enforcement organizations in the U.S. with extremely limited publicly funded budgets, are always seeking useful technology that falls within our budget restrictions," said Ken McCabe, chief investigator for Kankakee County Sheriff's Department. "Accurint's flexible pricing and powerful search capabilities have far exceeded our expectations and have resulted in significant cost-savings."

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Bomb Response Unit
New Jersey Department Selects Bomb Response Unit
Odyssey announces that the Passaic County Sheriff's Department in New Jersey chose Odyssey to build its new bomb response unit. The unit is based on a Ford F-650 chassis with an 18-foot aluminum apparatus walk-in body. The front end sports an Odyssey NYPD-style front bumper with a wraparound Teflon face. There is a side-entry door, generator, and cable access door and a custom compartment on the side with a custom ramp for the agency's bomb robot.

In addition, a special hatch in the side allows the robot to connect to the vehicle and the control desk inside. The inside is equipped with heavy-duty compartments with adjustable shelves and roll-up doors, high-security drawers for weapons and sensitive supplies and equipment, and a control desk for operations. A special insulated compartment with the RTI System 70 keeps special film from being effected by hot or cold temperatures.

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Florida County Acquires Imagery System for Public Safety Agencies
Pictometry International Corporation announces that Polk County, Florida, has integrated its software and countywide imagery into the county's emergency dispatching system. The mapping program identifies the points of origin of inbound calls and displays the location of callers on aerial photograph of the county.

Pictometry's software is designed to allow county 911 operators to see up to 12 different high-resolution views of any property, building, highway, landmark, or other feature in the county where a call may originate. The software also helps call takers identify important measurements such as height, distance, and elevation.

The county is using the imagery and software in the dispatch center and in first responder vehicles. Officers in the sheriff's department have already put the system to the test. "If you're deploying a SWAT team at night, this [system] lets you have a chance to look at the daylight photos of the area," said Major Francis Hart , director of the Polk County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Division. "You can see what's in the back yard and things that you can't see at night if you're trying to do a recon. From a tactical standpoint, it's the best that you can get your hands on other than being right there at the moment."

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From The Police Chief, vol. 71, no. 7, July 2004. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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