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Florida Agency Adopts Software

Sweetwater Police Department deploys crime software.

by / April 20, 2004
SWEETWATER, Fla. -- The Sweetwater, Fla. Police Department recently deployed a software system to give officers in the field real-time access to local, state and federal crime databases over a wireless network. The first day of the deployment, Sweetwater police officers used Info-Cop's in-vehicle alerts to capture a New Jersey wanted person that dispatch was unable to identify. Over the next week, Sweetwater police officers used the software to identify and capture five more persons wanted in New Jersey, New York and Florida.

The Sweetwater Police Department has outfitted half of its patrol cars with laptop computers running Info-Cop and expects to have full installation over the next six months.

Sweetwater police officers in the field gain real-time access to crime databases that were previously unattainable or attained after sometimes up to 15 minutes of waiting in line to correspond with a busy local county records dispatcher. The software takes advantage of existing wireless networks that add convenience to automate outdated query processes to the vehicle and instantly gather vital criminal background information and warnings. The combination of software and access to local, state and national information over wireless networks enables officers to assess situations quickly and accurately, and to act accordingly.

The software allows all its nationwide users access to the company's database where users create real-time records for other public safety departments to view. More than 250 police departments in Florida, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington currently use the software.

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Miriam Jones Chief Copy Editor
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