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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.

Pennsylvania Police Department Acquires Crime Analysis Software

GeoDecisions announces it has completed installation of the GeoDecisions Crime Analysis and Mapping System (GeoCAMS) for the Bristol Township Police Department in Pennsylvania. GeoCAMS is designed to give users easy-to-use graphic tools that rapidly generate tactical deployment strategies and reports for deployment and planning.

The GeoCAMS desktop and Web-deployed solutions were custom fit to meet the needs of the Bristol Township Police Department, allowing command staff, detectives, and officers to efficiently search for crime patterns using the query, display, analysis, and reporting functions.

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Honolulu Orders Wireless Modem Cards for Public Safety Agencies

AT&T Wireless announces that the Honolulu has ordered 1,600 of the company’s EDGE wireless modem cards, which are designed to give police, fire, and emergency services officers access to the company’s national wireless data network. The Honolulu transaction represents the largest EDGE deployment to-date in the nation.

The EDGE cards will work in conjunction with laptops mounted in patrol cars, fire trucks, and other emergency vehicles. The system will be used to dispatch first responders to incident scenes and allow officers to write and transmit reports directly from their vehicles. EDGE also will give personnel direct access to local, state, and federal criminal databases and the ability to retrieve suspects’ photographs and documents such as restraining orders. The company expects to complete the deployment before the end of the year.

The AT&T Wireless high-speed EDGE network is designed to be up to three times faster than traditional 56-kilobyte dial-up. It is available in more than 7,500 cities and towns and along 30,000 miles of highways across the nation.

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Southern University to Acquire New Public Safety Software

VisionAIR, a leading provider of public safety and criminal justice software, announces a new contract with Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The university purchased VisionCAD computer-aided dispatch and VisionRMS law enforcement records management system from VisionAIR’s Public Safety Suite.

The Southern University System is considered the largest historically black college and university (HBCU) system in the nation. It comprises six campuses, including the main one in Baton Rouge where an average of 9,000 students enroll each year.

With VisionCAD, Southern University telecommunicators will be able to view the vital dispatcher data of all units at a glance. The system will allow the agency to define a priority for each type of call and arrange calls based on the assigned priority so dispatchers always see the most urgent calls. The university will also be able to define lists of units that can be assigned to each call based on geographic location and type of call. VisionCAD will then automatically suggest appropriate units when the call is entered into the system, improving response time and efficiency.

VisionRMS is designed to enable Southern University to manage vital records and report incidents and arrests directly to the FBI or state crime information centers. The university’s package includes modules for recording incidents and arrests, managing cases, tracking evidence and property, and automating reports. Data entered into VisionRMS is automatically available to VisionCAD through seamless integration. In addition, Southern University can configure VisionRMS features to meet its specific needs and improvement response time, efficiency, and better protect its students and faculty.

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San Diego Police Department Approves Holster

Tactical Design Labs announces that the Professional, a new duty holster designed to provide a high level of security and ease of use in the access, holstering, and retention of firearms, has been placed on the San Diego Police Department’s approved equipment list. According to the company, placement on the list of approved equipment after a period of trial and analysis is confirmation that the Professional is an important technological advance in officer safety.

“As far as presentation and reholstering goes, Tactical Design Labs’ duty holster is the fastest I’ve ever used,” said Dave Douglas, a range master for the San Diego Police Department. “Nobody can get that gun out [of the holster] if you don’t want them to.”

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From The Police Chief, vol. 71, no. 11, November 2004. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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