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New Jersey Law Enforcement Agencies to Track Crime Faster

Over 70 Bergen County departments rapidly access data

by / July 9, 2003
LYNDHURST, N.J. -- Bergen County, N.J., law enforcement now has access to Info-Cop's mobile communication technology that securely transmits data in a user-friendly format over wireless computer tablets, PDAs and cell phones.

The overlay software provides real-time access to local, state and federal crime databases for faster and more accurate law enforcement and emergency response. By entering information only once, an officer using Info-Cop can simultaneously taps into eight massive databases and receives data and photos in just two to four seconds. Traditionally, it takes a beat officer five to 10 minutes to check the databases individually with a dispatcher.

The Bergen County system underwent a 14-month pilot project using Info-Cop technology. The pilot project included 18 departments.

"Our whole patrol division has begun using [the software] on laptops in our patrol vehicles," said Vincent Caruso, chief of the Lodi Police Department. "It solves a real safety issue for officers. Now, when they pull over a vehicle, they are able to know almost instantaneously whether that vehicle or operator is wanted for something. I can't begin to describe the importance of that information."

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