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Jim McKay, Justice and Public Safety Editor

Justice and Public Safety Editor

February 2, 2010

911 Mapping System Pinpoints Cell Phone Callers

New GIS software eliminates steps and isolates location of 911 callers on a map.

December 10, 2009

Year in Review: H1N1 Pandemic Set to Hit Campuses

Colleges and universities face unique challenges in fighting the swine flu.

October 26, 2009

Oregon Protects Communities From Deadly Chemical Weapons With Massive Wi-Fi Network

Oregon's Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program keeps residents ready for emergencies.

August 31, 2009

Cops on the Tweet to Solve Crimes and Educate the Public

Police use social networks for community policing.

June 21, 2009

Law Enforcement Database Tracks Gang Members Statewide

MassGangs database helps Massachusetts police departments share information on gang activity.

May 14, 2009

Mark Weatherford: U.S. Must Protect Critical Infrastructure From Cyber-Threats

California's chief security officer hopes to build that in state.

May 1, 2009

Claire Bailey, Arkansas CTO, Discusses State's Interoperability

Arkansas CTO Claire Bailey gets public safety agencies and jurisdictions on the same wavelength.

April 8, 2009

Online Predators Targeted by Detectives Hired With Stimulus Money

Online predators and cyber-enticement targeted by stimulus grants.

March 17, 2009

Facial Recognition Helps Indiana Secure Drivers' Licenses

Indiana motor vehicle agency uses facial recognition technology to deter identity theft.

January 31, 2009

Sex Offenders' GPS Devices Not a Silver Bullet, States Say

California, Arizona, Connecticut  and other states discover that problems with GPS monitoring of sex offenders beg a more thoughtful approach.

December 10, 2008

Virtual Alabama Empowers First Responders

Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications demonstrates its EOC on wheels.

October 30, 2008

Minneapolis Bridge Collapse a Cache of Lessons Learned

Five years of preparation and investment aided recovery during Minneapolis bridge collapse.

October 6, 2008

Police Use Low-Frequency Sound to Clear the Road

New technology warns distracted drivers of approaching emergency vehicles.

September 18, 2008

California Project Demonstrates Interoperability, Sharing of Damage Assessment Data

Los Angeles Basin Project test software and data sharing in simulated earthquake.

September 3, 2008

Reading, Pa., Deploys Citywide Wireless Surveillance Network

Begins with 22 cameras downtown on the 4.9 GHz public safety band providing video access to mobile police vehicles.

August 10, 2008

Firearms Simulator Helps Police Prepare for Crisis Situations

Video training tool simulates scenarios that cops may face in real life.

July 8, 2008

Police Crime Labs Struggle with Funding, Training and Bias Issues

Houston PD Crime Lab upgrades after critical investigation.

June 8, 2008

Police Use GPS-Equipped Bait Car to Catch Car Thieves

Monitoring technology boosts effectiveness of bait car concept in Sacramento, Calif.

May 6, 2008

Prisons Use RFID Systems to Track Inmates

Prisons in California, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Minnesota deploy RFID tracking systems to manage inmates.

April 27, 2008

Houston PD Crime Lab Upgrades After Critical Investigation

Crime laboratory run by the Houston Police bounces back after DNA processing errors.

April 22, 2008

Fusion Center Problems Addressed

Slow access to information, difficulty with data sharing.

April 8, 2008

License Plate Recognition Systems Extend the Reach of Patrol Officers

Plate readers help shorthanded departments spot stolen cars and other criminal activity.

February 12, 2008

Identity Theft Steals Millions from Government Health Programs

Stolen medical identities boost health-care costs and cause lasting pain for patients.

February 8, 2008

Tackling Medical Identity Theft

Tackling Medical Identity Theft

February 7, 2008

Forensic Evidence Demands Rise as TV Crime Dramas Influence Juries

Shows like CSI create the perception that crime scenes contain plenty of physical evidence and that technology can provide conclusive results. The reality is altogether different.

February 6, 2008

Environmental Technology May Help Law Enforcement Spot Drug Use Trends

Police and public health officials analyze wastewater for drugs, uniting environmental technology and public safety.

February 1, 2008

Hendricks County, Ind., Consolidates Police, Fire and EMS 911 Dispatching

Emergency responders improve interoperability.

December 18, 2007


Federal Emergency Management Agency director vows to change the organization's culture.  

December 13, 2007

FEMA: A Fresh Look

Federal Emergency Management Agency director R. David Paulison discusses the course of the 'new FEMA.'

November 8, 2007

Inspector Gadget

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's program serves as a gateway for technology of the future.

November 7, 2007

Building Better Government: Emergency Management

Private sector proves nimble during emergencies.

October 21, 2007

Smarter Evacuations

Intelligent transportation systems evolve to address emergency management.

October 18, 2007

Let's Roll

Mobile command center takes missing children's investigations into the community.

September 27, 2007

Sacramento Police Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Program Gaining Altitude

"I wish I had a dollar for every time I've heard over the radio 'Is an air unit available?'"

September 12, 2007

Narrowing the Focus

New technologies give investigators a better view of intelligence.

August 31, 2007

Joining Forces

Champlain College and local police pool their talents to catch criminals and spawn future investigators.

July 31, 2007

Texting 911?

911 call centers may soon be equipped to receive text messages and digital photos from callers.

July 1, 2007

The Unblinking Eye

Behavior recognition technology adds intelligence to surveillance cameras.

May 1, 2007

Public Information or Not?

New laws could allow some sex offenders to deregister.

April 27, 2007


Darren Bates wiggled his way out of the unfriendly confines of Hancock County Jail in Georgia last summer and fled to Philadelphia. The escaped auto-theft convict hung out on MySpace, the social networking site, free from law enforcement - or so he thought.

March 9, 2007

A Snipe at Speedsters

Lidar offers pinpoint accuracy in nabbing speeding motorists.

January 24, 2007

Doug Robinson, Executive Director, National Association of State Chief Information Officers

Doug Robinson, Executive Director, National Association of State Chief Information Officers

December 1, 2006

Balancing Act

The little scooter has become a favorite tool among some cops and medics.

December 1, 2006

Lem Stewart, CIO, Virginia

An integrated statewide Internet protocol network and office automation technologies like enterprisewide messaging, which includes functionality such as directory services, calendar and e-mail, will foster improvements in interoperability.

November 6, 2006

Completing the Data Puzzle

Linking disparate information systems gives Florida cops access to statewide data.

November 5, 2006

Jory Wolf

CIO, Santa Monica, Calif.

October 2, 2006

Tracy Williams

CIO, Rhode Island

September 7, 2006

Michael Inman

CIO, Kentucky

September 7, 2006

Surveying the Scene

GPS improves accident reconstruction for Sparks, Nev., police.

September 7, 2006

Virtual Collaboration

Regional portals raise the bar for communication for law enforcement and emergency managers.

July 31, 2006

Eyeing Auto Thieves

Plate-reading technology gives police a new 'vision' in patrolling.

July 31, 2006

Gopal Khanna

CIO, Minnesota

July 6, 2006

Setting a Precedent

Tarrant County, Texas, district attorney uses enterprise service bus to eliminate paper.

July 6, 2006

Rob Slane

CIO, Madison County, Ohio, Department of GIS and Information Technology

July 6, 2006

Virtual Parenting

It's not ideal, but virtual visitation offers a solution for divorced parents.

June 2, 2006

Good Science or Just Bunk?

Controversy surrounds voice analyzers.

June 1, 2006

Curlie Matthews

CIO, Henderson, Nev.

May 2, 2006

Jim Bryant

State CIO, South Carolina

May 2, 2006

Brain Power

Neural network system could help Chicago police put their heads together.

May 2, 2006

Voice-Activated Commands

System keeps cops hands free.

May 1, 2006

Young Cyber-Sleuths

Interns take a load off crime-lab cops and provide promise for the future.

March 31, 2006

Troy Swanson

CIO, Information Technology Department, Anchorage, Alaska

March 31, 2006

A Real Dilemma

West Virginia eyes Real ID Act requirements.

March 8, 2006

John Eger: One of Government Technology's 25 Doers Dreamers & Drivers

"The biggest challenge our leaders face is understanding just how important and pervasive the creative economy is to our success and survival in a global arena"

March 1, 2006

Lynn Harris

CIO and IT Division Director, New Mexico Environment Department

February 2, 2006

Electronic Tether

GPS monitoring surfaces as the latest tool to track sex offenders.

January 30, 2006

Tech Tweak

A Texas grocery store turned police station presented technological challenges.

January 2, 2006

Goodbye Breathalyzer

The Alcotest replaces the Breathalyzer in parts of New Jersey.

January 2, 2006

Operation: Operability

Hurricane Katrina focuses attention on basic radio communications' ability to survive worst-case scenarios.

December 8, 2005

Triggered Response

Chicago Police Department hopes to curb gun violence with smart technology.

November 4, 2005

Lessons from Katrina

Lessons from Katrina

November 4, 2005

Gaining Ground

New York City's Real Time Crime Center gives detectives a leg up over crooks.

November 4, 2005

The Security Shuffle

Will the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reorganization mean better communications with local officials?

October 3, 2005

Bob Hendricks

CIO of Fresno, California.

September 30, 2005

Military Mesh

Unique mesh networking system gives city cops more eyes and ears.

September 29, 2005

Outsourcing Intelligence

Private data brokers play growing role in criminal investigations.

August 31, 2005

Wireless Watchdog

Mesh network helps high-school administrators clamp down on violence and vandalism.

August 31, 2005

Digital Again

Converting paper documents to digital is making a comeback.

July 28, 2005

Paying for Poor Security

Paying for Poor Security

July 28, 2005

Keeping Tabs

New Web-based application in Massachusetts contains a suite of information on registered sex offenders.

July 27, 2005

On the Record

Security technologist and author Bruce Schneier tackles identity theft questions and security issues.

July 3, 2005

New York VoIP/911 Effort not Lost on FCC

The FCC's unanimous vote on May 19 to require VoIP providers to make 911 service available to all customers automatically is especially good news to New York City, which has been wrestling with a VoIP/911 solution for months.

June 27, 2005

Carol Fieldhouse

Chief of Technology, California State Board of Equalization

June 27, 2005

Lost in Translation

Language translation technology may not be ready for prime time.

June 27, 2005

Looking for an Answer

Growing use of voice over Internet protocol creates dilemma for 911 services.

May 26, 2005

Going Digital

Criminal files no longer eat up reams of paper in this Alabama city's homicide unit.

May 26, 2005

XML: Out of the Shadows

Global Justice XML may link law enforcement, firefighters, emergency management services and more.

April 27, 2005

Jeff Baldo

CIO, California Youth and Adult Correctional Agency

April 27, 2005

Picking up the Pieces

Identity theft victims in Ohio now have help putting their lives back together.

April 27, 2005

Closing in on Fraud

Pattern-detecting software analyzes data faster than before, helping government catch crooks of all kinds.

April 27, 2005

Magnifying Data

Predictive analytics begins to prove its worth in government.

March 21, 2005

GIS Helps Gwinnett County, Ga., Police Nab Suspect in Courthouse Shootings

"It's a great tool to have. You can enhance it, you can zoom in and zoom out. We enlarged the areas outside the inner perimeter to see what areas could be affected in the event there was a volley of gunfire."

March 9, 2005

Meshing With MeshNetworks

A Motorola acquisition brings benefits to mesh networking technology but alarms critics

March 7, 2005

Wisconsin State Senator Ted Kanavas, One of Government Technology's 25 'Doers Dreamers and Drivers'

'Government needs to get away from the idea that all state agencies and entities are separate when it comes to IT'

March 4, 2005

Kurt Snyder, Indiana Supreme Court -- One of Government Technology's 25 'Doers Dreamers and Drivers'

'Getting elected officials to work together can be difficult at times, and judges are some of the most independent-minded elected officials you could have'

March 4, 2005

Ft. Wayne, Ind., Mayor Graham Richard, One of Government Technology's 25 'Doers Dreamers and Drivers'

'I think there's a sense that Ft. Wayne is on the move. There is a can-do attitude, a more optimistic spirit'

March 4, 2005

Wisconsin CIO Matt Miszewski, One of Government Technology's 25 'Doers Dreamers and Drivers'

'We no longer think that we can't perform at the same level or better than the private sector. We no longer think of ourselves as a small enterprise only made up of Cabinet agencies'

March 4, 2005

Colorado State Senator Ron May, One of Government Technology's 25 'Doers Dreamers and Drivers'

'I've tried for 10 years now to pass an Internet portal bill. Finally got it done last year'

March 2, 2005

Intact Amid Chaos

Florida statewide radio system keeps emergency operations running despite hurricanes.

February 1, 2005

Technology Evolution

Can emerging technology solve justice and public safety issues?

January 26, 2005

Jay Brummett

CIO, Ogden, Utah

January 26, 2005

Palm Readers

New technology helps Henderson, Nev., tap years of palm print data.

January 26, 2005

Technology Evolution

Can emerging technology solve justice and public safety issues?

January 24, 2005

Rescue 211

Arizona's 211 system will take the burden off 911

January 5, 2005

Alex Pettit

Director of Technology Services, Denton, Texas

January 5, 2005

Out on a Limb

Out on a Limb

January 4, 2005

Rescue 211

Arizona's 211 system will take the burden off 911.

January 4, 2005

Show and Tell

Technology captures jurors but frustrates some judges and lawyers.

December 3, 2004

Paul Roybal

CIO, Metropolitan Court, Bernalillo County, N.M.

December 2, 2004

Flying High

Helicopter pilot defies death and initiates GIS mapping system.

November 1, 2004

Chris Cummiskey

CIO, Arizona

November 1, 2004

Stepping Stone

Michigan State Police moves toward interoperability.

November 1, 2004

Are We Ready?

Jerry Hauer shares his concerns about the nation's disaster preparedness.

October 4, 2004

Policing the Police

Oakland, Calif., tackles police misconduct issues with database.

October 4, 2004

Online Vigilantes

Are citizens' groups overstepping their bounds in trying to reduce crime?

September 2, 2004

Swift Justice

Kiosk gives domestic violence victims safe and quick access to protection.

September 2, 2004

Funding Collaboration

Department of Homeland Security funding initiative aims to spur interoperability among locals.

August 3, 2004

Good Politics

Good Politics

August 3, 2004

Steady Funding

Michigan State Police shoots for success of IT projects over the long haul.

August 3, 2004

Fixing 911

A major overhaul will plug a dangerously leaky system.

July 9, 2004

Playing Politics

Playing Politics

July 9, 2004

Merry CRISmas

New Crash Records Information System is a giant gift for Texas.

July 8, 2004

Tricky Business

Data surveillance tools may have promise, but presently fall short.

June 3, 2004

Nowhere to Hide

Location tracking technology arrives on the law enforcement scene.

June 3, 2004

Toughbook 18

This ruggedized Panasonic notebook takes a beating.

June 3, 2004

Internet Takedown

The Web has increased efficiency and convenience, but its openness leaves us vulnerable.

May 11, 2004

A SAGE Invention

An air defense system in the mid-1950s laid the foundation for the Internet Age.

May 7, 2004

Clearly a Hit

Chicago's CLEAR is a proven success -- so much that the Illinois State Police will soon merge its data system with it.

March 29, 2004

Moira Gerety

CIO, New Mexico

March 26, 2004

A Pass on Privacy?

Access to electronic toll information has privacy advocates concerned.

March 2, 2004

Gail Roper

CIO, Kansas City, Mo.

March 2, 2004

Keeping Trak

New software helps Mississippi Department of Corrections run more smoothly with fewer employees.

March 1, 2004

Urban Renewal and GIS

Casper moves to redevelop a blighted area with the help of GIS.

February 4, 2004

The Portland Connection

Portland's police and parole/probation departments now share information when a police officer stops someone on probation or parole.

February 4, 2004

Balancing Act

State and local governments agree the Department of Homeland Security's disbursement of homeland funds was inadequate, but they disagree on a solution.

January 6, 2004

This Act Is Good for the State

This Act Is Good for the State

January 6, 2004

The Verdict: Success

Travis County, Texas puts jury summonses online and generates high adoption rates.

January 6, 2004

The Odd Couple

Conservative senator and liberal CIO forge alliance to overhaul Wisconsin IT policy.

December 4, 2003

Community Connections

More than 100 Midwest agencies will exchange emergency data through a new information sharing system.

December 4, 2003

Taking Inventory

Washington's plan for interoperability will require an agency-by-agency look at communications equipment.

October 31, 2003

The E911 Headache

Implementing Automatic Location Identification technology is proving more difficult than first thought.

October 28, 2003

CompStat's Driving Force

CompStat's Driving Force

October 28, 2003

Forging a Link

Coplink plugs investigators into several data sources with one query.

October 28, 2003

Continuing the Revolution

Crime tracking concept evolves into powerful government management tool.

October 13, 2003

Thin is In

Cook County Circuit Court uses thin client technology to modernize in lean budget times.

September 3, 2003

Connecting the Courts

The Judicial Network Project makes Michigan roads safer.

September 3, 2003

Rising to the Challenge

The first Digital Counties survey breaks down electronic government successes.

September 3, 2003

Spreading the Word

With technology as an aid, law enforcement drafts community members in the fight against crime.

August 28, 2003

Kids 911

Proven Earth 911 concept may be foundation for national Amber Alert system.

July 29, 2003

Full Court Press

Stanislaus County's Superior Court aggressively pursued information integration.

July 29, 2003

Igniting PKI

Growth is steady but not as fast as some expected.

June 27, 2003

Going Mobile

Interoperable communications trailer hits the road in Tempe, Ariz.

June 27, 2003

Taking a Seat

Local CIOs claim a position at the table for homeland security planning.

May 21, 2003

The War at Home

State and local officials deplore lack of both funds and focus in fighting terrorism.

May 7, 2003

Breaking New Ground

Network separation security device from Tenix Datagate becomes world's first to undergo evaluation for EAL7 rating

May 7, 2003

Security for Petroleum Industry

UniGuard provides automated surveillance, threat detection and assessment.

May 7, 2003

Advanced Wireless for Law Enforcement

Voyager teams with AT&T on wireless data applications.

May 7, 2003

Internet Fraud's Grip

Lack of resources plagues law enforcement nationwide.

May 7, 2003

Advanced Security Measures

Vermont becomes second state to adopt digital watermarking in driver's licenses.

May 7, 2003

Biological Decontamination Update

Markland Technologies teaming with Eastern Virginia Medical School on research.

April 28, 2003

What the Doctors Ordered

Wireless PDAs help physicians reduce Medicaid hassles and costs.

April 23, 2003

Internet Fraud

Referrals triple since 2001, as losses total $54 million.

April 23, 2003


Advances are laudable, but there's still more to do.

April 23, 2003

Wireless Rescue

Lincoln, Neb. fire department gains instant access to emergency data.

April 23, 2003

Cargo Security

Markland, Osprey team up on illicit materials detection technology.

April 23, 2003

Night Vision Training

New facility provides training venue for federal law enforcement agencies.

April 23, 2003

Verification Technology Improves

NIST reports significant advances made in facial recognition technology.

April 9, 2003

Set To Rumble

2003 Mock Prison Riot Set for April 27-30

April 9, 2003

Merging of Technologies

Markland Technologies adds decontamination and plasma antenna technology.

April 9, 2003

ImageWare Expands Solution

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Santa Rosa Police Department and Multnomah Sheriff's Office use Existing Crime Capture Systems To Produce Employee IDs

April 9, 2003

Justice Information Sharing Initiative

Ninety-Seven companies contribute toward expanded integrated justice system.

April 9, 2003

Homeland Security Symposium Series

APCO will address public safety communication issues at three locations.

April 4, 2003

Streamlining Standards

The CDC aims to more efficiently collect and disseminate information about communicable diseases.

April 4, 2003

Big Brother: Is He Watching You?

Super computer systems that track our everyday transactions have many on edge.

April 4, 2003

Driver's License Debate

Both AAMVA and the feds look at data sharing that can detect individuals attempting to obtain driver's licenses in more than one state.

March 26, 2003

New Benchmark

CIS releases new security benchmark for Windows 2000.

March 26, 2003

New Chair

Thornberry appointed as Chairman of Cyber security Subcommittee

March 26, 2003

Signing in Safely

New software makes signing in guests, faster and safer.

March 26, 2003

Assessing the Risks

Governors, mayor meet to discuss possible terror threats

March 26, 2003

Falling Short

First-responder grant funds fall far short of White House pledge

March 12, 2003

Guarding America

BSA eager to work with House Subcommittee on Cyber-security.

March 12, 2003

Cal DOJ Places Order Valued in Excess of $600,000 to Upgrade 21 Live

Scan Systems for the Department of Corrections with Full Hand Scanning Capabilities

March 12, 2003

Payment Fraud Detection

Successful Pilot Program Results in New Commercial Healthcare Client.

March 12, 2003

Maximum Data Throughput

Microwave Data Systems Unveils New Series of Radios to Support 700 MHz Guard Band.

March 12, 2003

Broadband to the Rescue

Wireless technology lands felons behind bars.

February 26, 2003

Testing Critical Response

The NIJ will test a Critical Incident Response Tool Set for emergency technicians.

February 26, 2003

Defending the Infrastructure

Healthcare facility looks to anti-virus solutions.

February 26, 2003

'World-Class System'

Pennsylvania Police Team with ABM America For Records Management.

February 26, 2003

Most Americans Unprepared

Most do not have a disaster plan, according to a study.

February 26, 2003

More Fingerprint Solutions ll About

Kaiser-Permanente turns to fingerprint access readers

February 26, 2003

Passwords for Fingerprints

Los Angeles County deploys fingerprint identification.

February 12, 2003

Linking Biometrics

The DOD evaluates potential of a 'contact-less' smart card.

February 12, 2003

Advanced Digital Creation

The NCLETTC will provide hands-on experience creating digital suspect composites.

February 12, 2003

Injury Maps

Interactive, Web-based maps detail injuries, death rates.

February 12, 2003

Biometrics Needed

NIST says both fingerprints and facial recognition technology are needed to protect borders.

February 12, 2003

Wireless Crime Fighting

Kansas police employ mobile broadband solution.

February 12, 2003

Increased Prowling

Night Vision opens new field office near Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

January 29, 2003

Albany Center Gets Grant

The award will enable the center to develop an information-sharing best practices model.

January 29, 2003

DOD Deploys Biometric ID System

Reading two adjacent fingers is the key to a real world virtually error-free biometric identification system.

January 29, 2003

Smart Card Conference

Speakers will address technology and policy considerations for protecting identity.

January 29, 2003

Deploying PKI

A collaboration of 15 state offices built the plan for the implementation.

January 29, 2003

Technology Delivers for FEMA

FEMA staff realizes greater access to disaster aid information thanks to an integrated solution.

January 29, 2003

SEVIS Deadline Looms

Technology provider for colleges and universities introduces software for tracking and verifying international students.

December 30, 2002

Building Bridges

Vendors work to effectively weave wireless into larger infrastructures.

December 20, 2002

Digital Detective

FRED helps investigators find electronic needles buried in PC haystacks.

December 20, 2002

Critical Strategies

Lack of national strategy forces a fractured approach to critical infrastructure protection.

December 19, 2002

Tax Authority Turns to Software

The regional tax authority in Chemnitz, Germany is using search, retrieval and categorization software to help in criminal investigations.

December 19, 2002

Maine, New Brunswick using Award-winning Technology

This technology supports jail management, community-based corrections, victim services and features a case-management system that aids in integrating offenders back into society.

December 19, 2002

Is It Really You?

Colorado DOR implements automated facial recognition technology to thwart identity theft.

December 19, 2002

The Department of State to Use Face Recognition Technology

The State Department's facial recognition system will compare the image of every applicant against a database of images.

December 19, 2002

Emergency Installment

Because of the recent sniper attacks in Prince George's County, MD, the WARN system was rolled out ahead of schedule.

December 2, 2002

Information Overload

Technology helps manage a mountain of information in D.C. sniper case.

November 22, 2002

Inside the Lines

Accusations of 'electronic redlining' may land a major telecom provider in court.

November 21, 2002

Technology on Trial

The influence of Courtroom 21 is felt in real-life courtrooms around the world.

November 21, 2002

A Consensus on Standards?

Private and public entities collaborate to publish benchmarks for Internet security.

November 19, 2002

Scanning for Suspects

Facial recognition system will scan visitors to House of Corrections.

November 19, 2002

Kent Launches Payment System

The Washington city teams with Class Software Solutions on an Integrated Payment System.

November 19, 2002

A Smart Choice

The White House recently cited the CyberSmart School Program as a national cyber security resource for teachers.

November 19, 2002

Keeping an Eye on Sex Offenders

Orange County, Calif., has launched an interactive Web site that provides the approximate locations of all serious and high-risk sex offenders in the county.

November 19, 2002

U.S. Using Biometrics to Screen Foreigners

A database of fingerprints, faces and voices of suspected terrorists is being used at U.S. ports of entry.

October 31, 2002

Information Anywhere

Westchester County cops have big plans for the little Blackberry.

October 31, 2002

Gold Medal Security

Wireless technology and interoperability were big winners at the 2002 Winter Games.

October 31, 2002

Cops and Computers

Patrolling the streets of Sacramento is not easy, but it's becoming easier with the help of some technology upgrades.

September 24, 2002

Jumping the Jurisdictional Fence

A simple piece of software links seven cities' justice systems.

September 24, 2002

In Good HANs

The Texas Health Alert Network (HAN) links health organizations statewide

September 5, 2002

Charge It?

State and local governments are wrestling with those pesky credit card fees and constituents' fears of online transactions.

September 5, 2002

Early Warning

In late July, two teenage girls were abducted at gunpoint in Los Angeles County. With the help of a statewide alert system, the perpetrator was caught within 12 hours.

September 5, 2002

Playing Politics

Are those on the front lines equipped to deal with the political reality of homeland security?

August 27, 2002

Courtroom 21

The world's most advanced courtroom enhances its integrated court case and juror management solutions.

August 27, 2002

Fighting Spam

The Habeas approach and Mail-Filters' highly flexible anti-spam solutions team up to take the subjectivity out of separating wanted from unwanted e-mails.

August 27, 2002

Denver Goes Wireless

An agreement between Ricochet Networks and Denver will give the city use of 1,000 wireless modems.

August 27, 2002

State Police in Pennsylvania Revolutionize

Aether Systems will help the Pennsylvania State Police in their quest to modernize their crime-fighting technology.

August 27, 2002

Wristwatch Helps Keep Kids Safe

Tiny GPS locator enables parents to track their kids even when they're out of sight.

August 27, 2002

Vinton Police Discover Video Conferencing

Cops and magistrates get used to talking into a video screen.

August 13, 2002

Schmidt Among Presenters at Upcoming Global InfoSec 2002

The President's vice chair of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Board will be among a host of speakers and presenters at the free conference.

August 13, 2002

Massachusetts Police Departments to Use Facial Recognition Solution

A collaboration of Massachusetts's cities has awarded a contract to Viisage Technology to implement its facial recognition solution.

August 13, 2002

WebCampus to Offer Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

The online unit of Stevens Institute will provide an instructor-led, four-course program.

August 13, 2002

Universities Address Dearth of Information Security Grads

Carnegie Mellon University is providing resources for historically black and Hispanic institutions to produce information security experts.

August 13, 2002

EnCase helps finger murder suspect

The forensics software is being used worldwide to help examiners manage large volumes of evidence efficiently.

August 13, 2002

TSA Wireless Technology Keeps Inmates in Check

A state prison in California deploys the TSI PRISM technology to help keep track of inmates and make the prison safer.

August 13, 2002

Dallas 3-1-1 calls handled on the move

The city's new Customer Service Request system allows city personnel to receive non-emergency 3-1-1 calls even while traveling in a city vehicle.

August 8, 2002

A Fighting Chance

Tiny handheld computers serve as huge firefighting tools.

August 8, 2002

Names and Faces

Biometrics makes dealing with Israel's stringent air travel policies easier.

July 29, 2002

Missouri Courts to Get E-Learning System

The Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator and Pathlore are developing a series of online courses to train personnel.

July 29, 2002

UK to Expand Use of Palm Prints

A national palm print database will allow police officials the capacity to take advantage of this technology.

July 29, 2002

FAA Seeking More Security From Wireless Asset Net

The FAA has awarded a grant of $1 million to I.D. Systems for development of improved security technology.

July 29, 2002

TowerView Unveils Critical Infrastructure Protection

The software analyzes threats in real time from any enterprise security device.

July 29, 2002

Text messaging 911 for Hearing and Speech Impaired

A Britain police agency will become the first jurisdiction in England to offer text messaging for deaf and speech impaired people to contact officers in an emergency.

July 29, 2002

Senate Passes Science and Technological Emergency Mobilization Act

The bill calls for the formation of a National Emergency Technological Guard comprised of scientists and technology experts to help forestall terrorist attacks on the country's communications infrastructure.

July 29, 2002

Task Force Recommends LEADERS for Homeland Security

A homeland security task force has recommended LEADERS as a viable tool to help mitigate biological warfare and other potential disasters.

July 8, 2002

New System Will Enhance Communications

Mobile will deploy a Web-based court case management system that will help streamline the flow of dockets through the court system.

July 8, 2002

Go Ahead, Forget That Password

Choosing a password that isn't easy to discover is critical and new password reset technology enables employees to choose appropriate passwords and securely reset them should they be forgotten.

July 8, 2002

Cops Now Getting Key Data While On The Go

Los Angeles County is the latest agency to adopt technology that allows officers to check mug shot photos from a handheld PDA.

July 8, 2002

Gaming Industry Embraces Facial Recognition Software

A South Korean casino is the first to implement the new software.

July 8, 2002

'Total Solution' For Identifying Airport Passengers

Two security systems, being tested at Logan International Airport, are combined to help identify fraudulent travel documents.

July 8, 2002

Denver Tests Public Safety Communications Network

The high-speed technology could improve the way public-safety agencies respond to emergency situations.

July 3, 2002

Linux Revolution?

The German feds join a list of governments turning to Linux.

July 3, 2002

Compstat for the 21st Century

The New York Police Department's Compstat program has blossomed into more than just a crime-fighting tool.

July 3, 2002

Access Granted

CAL-photo is giving California law enforcement unprecedented access to 32 million driver's license photos.

July 1, 2002

Security First

Howard Schmidt, the former chief security officer at Microsoft, speaks about the national plan and other cyber security issues.

June 17, 2002

FBI, NW3C Develop Financial Crime-fighting CD

The two agencies have collaborated on a tool that will help law enforcement combat identity theft, Internet fraud, insurance fraud and other financial crimes.

June 17, 2002

Houston to Automate Traffic Citations

A new system will allow officers to prepare tickets on a wireless, handheld computer.

June 17, 2002

Agencies Implementing Facial Recognition Software

Some agencies think facial recognition is ready now and are implementing the biometric technology to identify felons.

June 17, 2002

Sweden, U.S. Track Pedophiles with Search Technology

Sweden is the latest to implement search technology, which helps identify online criminal activity.

June 17, 2002

Fire Agencies Upgrade with Digital Solutions

New, digital voice recordings will help police fire and 911 response times.

June 17, 2002

Gartner Report: Enterprises will be hit by Cyber Attacks

Ninety percent of all cyber attacks through 2005 could be prevented, according to a study.

June 17, 2002

Kentucky Implements Sex Offender Alert Line

An automated telephone notification service calls residents when a registered sex offender moves into the neighborhood.

June 4, 2002

Point Man

George Vinson lends his vast law enforcement intelligence to California.

June 4, 2002

Shoestring Security

Taking prudent cyber security measures doesn't mean breaking the bank.

June 4, 2002

Swifter Justice

Judges, lawyers and clerks are taking advantage of instant access to court files to speed court procedures.

May 1, 2002

First-Class Operation

California's EDD has become a lean tax-processing machine.

May 1, 2002

Wireless Safety Net

Location technology could mean the difference between life and death for cellular phone users.

April 26, 2002

Sheriffs Nab Suspect with Nifty Software

The Osceola, Florida County Sheriff's Department recently teamed with the United States Marshal's office to seize nearly $1.5 million worth of methamphetamine and put the perpetrators behind bars thanks to some nifty software.

April 26, 2002

Crime Watch via the Internet

The Community Crime Prevention/Safety For Everybody (CCP/SAFE) unit of the Minneapolis Police Department has established "virtual block clubs," or organized crime watch groups on the Internet.

April 26, 2002

Quick and Easy Background Checks in Indiana

The Indiana State Police (ISP) has made background checks quicker and easier by adding an instant access feature to the Limited Criminal History Search application on ISP's Web site.

April 26, 2002

Montana Convict info now Online

Information on convicted criminals in Montana is now available to anyone with an Internet connection through a new search system created by the Montana Department of Corrections.

April 26, 2002

Camarillo Police Keeping an Eye on Kids

The Camarillo Police Department is making sure it has a head start on any investigation that might include a missing child by issuing plastic identification cards for the community's children.

April 26, 2002

INS to Get New System for Verifying Citizen Status

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) will implement a new system to verify the status of non-U.S. citizens applying for federal, state and local benefits, according to Computer Sciences Corp.

April 26, 2002

Airports Sport New Face-Recognition Technology

A new automated capture image system that integrates an illumination source with high-resolution color camera to capture optimal live video of passengers' faces is being deployed at Fresno Yosemite International Airport in Fresno, California, and at the S

April 16, 2002

Emergency Contact

Jurisdictions use reverse 911 systems to alert public of potential dangers.

April 16, 2002

Good Deeds

The centuries-old method of recording property documents is evolving.

October 9, 2001

INS Requiring Biometric Border Crossing Card

The new cards have a photo ID and contain information that can be read by a machine.

October 1, 2001

Virtual Visits

Videoconferencing is expanding its foothold behind prison doors as successful programs prove its public safety value.

October 1, 2001

Reconciling the Differences

States need to overcome antiquated systems to save lives in the event of an emergency.

August 31, 2001

Filtering Fraud

Utah is using predictive technology to put a stop to fraudulent workers comp claims.

August 31, 2001

Full Speed Ahead

North Carolina, Georgia and New Hampshire outline their plans for a strong IT future.

August 31, 2001

Partnerships in Crime

The cost of fighting Internet crime has some law enforcement agencies turning to the private sector for help.

August 1, 2001

Ending the Pawnshop Paper Trail

Police know technology can help make pawnshop transaction information more useful in investigations, but debates over standards have slowed progress.

July 18, 2001

The Word On...

Education Technology Funding

July 17, 2001

Electronic Auction Block

A new Web site helps police agencies clear cluttered evidence rooms.

July 17, 2001

CIO Profile

Montgomery County, Md.s Alisoun Moore

June 12, 2001

The Word On

Global Digital Divide

June 8, 2001

Sales Pitch

Virginia and Wichita woo suppliers for new e-procurement systems.

June 7, 2001

CIO Profile: Linden Thatcher

CIO Profile: Linden Thatcher

May 6, 2001

The Word On...

Digital Signatures

May 6, 2001

Streamlining Services

States are finding CRM key to time-consuming customer service demands.

May 6, 2001

Tax On Plastic

Agencies that allow citizens to pay taxes online with credit cards are making tax season a little easier for all involved.

May 6, 2001

CIO Profile

Louisiana CIO James DuBos

April 2, 2001

The Word On

Internet Taxation

April 2, 2001

CIO Profile

Los Angeles Unified School Districts Margaret Klee

March 3, 2001

The Word On

Electronic Voting

March 3, 2001

Revitalizing The Roadways

States are on a drive to clear their roads, and electronic toll collection systems are helping them get there.

March 3, 2001

CIO Profile

Colorados Bob Feingold

February 12, 2001

The Word on Access

The Word on Access

February 10, 2001

Paying Their Dues

Washington state hopes to cut costs by making billing information available to constituents online.

February 10, 2001

CIO Profile

Norman J. Jacknis of Westchester County, New York

December 12, 2000

Public Agencies, Private Data

As access to state-held records becomes easier, citizens want to see the issue addressed. Increasingly, states are faced with making new rules in unfamiliar territory.

November 8, 2000

Kansas Citys Inner City Success

Call centers are giving Kansas City a way to put more people to work and giving them a high-tech foundation to build on.

October 31, 2000

Network on Wheels

With laptops as their compasses, officers in Marietta, Ga., use GIS and everything under the sun -- and the sun, too -- to promote a safe, electronic city.

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