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Advance & Applications

LaBoit Vehicle Built for Police Response to Drug-Endangered Children
LaBoit Inc. announces that it has designed and built a 33-foot vehicle for the Jackson, Tennessee, Police Department, which uses the vehicle when responding to drug-endangered children. According to LaBoit, the Jackson Police Department is one of only eight agencies in the country to receive a grant to start a drug-endangered children's (DEC) program. The grant, in the amount of $250,000, was awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice's COPS Office.

The vehicle is equipped with interview and examination areas, including a full-size bathroom for drug decontamination. The DEC program is designed to help ensure that a child removed from a methamphetamine lab receives immediate and proper care and treatment from law enforcement, child protective services, and health care providers.

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Cingular and BIO-key Provide Wireless Solution to Law Enforcement
Cingular Wireless and BIO-key International Inc. announce that federal and local law enforcement agencies across the country are deploying PocketCOP, a new wireless handheld solution that is designed to enable officers in the field to quickly access the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and other critical databases.

According to the companies, the U.S. Capitol Police, the Federal Protective Service, and Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office are among the public safety organizations using PocketCOP, which is designed to give law enforcement officers who are on foot, on a bike, on horseback, or on special detail the ability to query local, county, state, and federal criminal databases using BlackBerry wireless handhelds and Pocket PC-based wireless personal digital assistants that are equipped with BIO-key's PocketCOP software and operate on Cingular Wireless' nationwide network.

PocketCOP is engineered to enable real-time access to vehicle registration information, stolen vehicle information, weapon registrations, and wants and warrant information. Officers using the wireless handhelds can also send text messages and e-mail for quiet, inconspicuous communications in the field.

"One of our key selection criteria was the ability for the handhelds to easily tie into our existing system," said Sheriff John Whetsel of the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office. "BIO-key's PocketCOP solution does this and gives our officers the tools to do their jobs as efficiently as possible, saving time while keeping them in constant communication with dispatch and the rest of our deputies, wherever they are."

Cingular provides law enforcement and public safety agencies with a variety of mobile device platforms, including trunk-mounted wireless modems and laptops with Edge-enabled PC modem cards in addition to the new PocketCOP solution for handhelds and wireless PDAs.

BIO-key's Pocket COP features data security designed to exceed CJIS Governing Board standards. Security features include end-to-end encryption, user identification, and password and device authentication at logon. Cingular adds an additional layer of security in its GPRS network with 64-bit A5 encryption with authentication protocols for added security and wireless data compression for enhanced speed.

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Spillman Partners with Georgia Agencies to Improve Data Sharing

Spillman Technologies announces that 10 public safety agencies in Newton County, Georgia, have purchased a $1.6 million data sharing software system from Spillman. The agencies are the Covington Police Department, the Covington Fire Department, the Newton County Emergency Management Agency, the Newton County Fire Department, the Newton County Sheriff's Department, Newton Medical EMS, the Oxford Police Department, the Oxford Fire Department, the Porterdale Police Department, and the Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center. The 911 communications center will house the server.

"Using an integrated Spillman system will allow us to share data across the entire county, and access information from state and federal databases, without picking up the phone or contacting a surrounding agency," said Mike Smith, director of the Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center. "It just makes sense to have everyone working with the same information."

The agencies will use Spillman's records management, computer-aided dispatch, fire/EMS management, mobile communications, and resource management software. The Newton County Sheriff's Department will only use Spillman Mobile and will interface their current records management system in order to exchange information with the Spillman database.

"Before using Spillman, we were required to enter the same information into multiple systems, none of which were communicating with each other," said Smith. "Having a central database will streamline our operations by reducing duplicated work."

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From The Police Chief, vol. 72, no. 9, September 2005. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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