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Advances & Applications

Admit Software Helps New York Police Agency Catch Armed Robbers
Admit Computer Services announces that one of its clients, the Warwick Police Department in Orange County, New York, solved a violent crime using Impact record management software developed by Admit.

Two armed men robbed the office of a local campground, and surveillance cameras captured a partial image of their vehicle and a grainy image of a New York State license plate.

"We tried to enhance the images . . . but couldn't see them clearly," Lieutenant Thomas Maslanka said. "However, we could make out several of the license plate's figures and noticed that the vehicle had a distinctive 'wing' insignia on its trunk."

A check of local dealerships to examine car models indicated that the car was most likely
a Mazda MX-6, so Warwick investigators checked motor vehicle records to identify all the MX-6s registered in Orange County. The search revealed hundreds of matches.

"We then turned to the new Impact software system that had recently been installed at our office," said Maslanka, one of the system's managers. "We matched up the data we received from the state's motor vehicle records with the data we had stored in Impact's record management system and discovered a registration issued to a woman whose previous
address was the campground in question."

When detectives interviewed the woman at her new address in a nearby town, she recognized her car in the surveillance images. She also identified the man next to it as her former boyfriend. She led Warwick detectives and local police officers to the area where she thought the man was living, and officers found the car parked in front of an apartment building. Investigators encountered the suspects, who were just leaving their apartment,
and placed them under arrest.

"Were it not for the vehicle information stored in the Impact program we purchased from Admit Computer Services, it would have taken hundreds of hours to discover what we learned in just a few minutes," Maslanka said.

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Florida City Uses PDSI TeleStaff Module to Complete FEMA Reports
PDSI Software, a provider of staff scheduling and notification solutions for police departments, announces that the public safety agencies of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, have saved time by using the company's FEMA module to complete reimbursement reports. The FEMA module, which is compatible with version 2.1 and later versions of the company's TeleStaff software, is designed to prepopulate FEMA report data fields with necessary information exported directly and automatically from TeleStaff.

According to PDSI, the City of Palm Beach Gardens has been using TeleStaff since 2003 to schedule staff and notify personnel of staffing needs. Under the direction of Division Chief Evan Bestland of the Palm Beach Gardens Fire Department, Palm Beach Gardens is the first city to use the FEMA module.

Under the old labor-intensive FEMA reimbursement process, the police department and other public safety agencies dedicated many hours to researching, collecting, and organizing data from several different sources and entering it by hand on paper forms after each of the several hurricanes that affected Florida this season. They then submitted these forms to the city's finance department, where staff members had to complete still more FEMA forms by hand. Information at times was hard to decipher and prone to errors.

For Palm Beach Gardens, completing the FEMA reports in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma took just a few minutes with the Telestaff FEMA Module. The city estimates that the software saves the city's public safety agencies more than 100 hours of labor per hurricane.

"PDSI understood our need to automate the many steps involved in completing these FEMA reports and made it a priority to assist us," said Bestland. "PDSI responded quickly in building the module, testing it, and having it available within a couple of weeks, resulting in a highly efficient and more accurate process for FEMA reimbursement."

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Brazilian Federal Police Partner with DSM Dyneema to Protect Patrol Boats
DSM Dyneema, a producer of ballistic fiber, announces that it has been selected as the preferred supplier to armor the patrol boats of the newly created Sea Police National System (NEPOM), a division of the Brazilian Federal Police. The first unit of 11 armored boats began patrolling the port of Rio de Janeiro last July.

The boat armor, which combines Dyneema fiber with a steel plate, was designed by AXIA Blindagens, a Brazilian armor company that specializes in high-level vehicle armor protection. The lightweight product combination is designed to protect the Brazilian Federal Police boats against multiple impacts at NIJ level 3.

The patrol boats could face high-power rifle ammunition threats such as AK-47 rounds. DSM Dyneema's UD consists of a UniDirectional cross-ply composite designed to stop such rounds.

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From The Police Chief, vol. 72, no. 12, December 2005. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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