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COMMUNICATIONS By Christa Miller Bridging data to small jurisdictions “T he mobility of our criminals is an increasing concern,” says Jason Moen, deputy chief of the This diagram shows a network that connects three IMC customers, their case reports and Auburn (Maine) Police Department. master names lists. “We have had criminals go on multi- county crime sprees, which can be difficult for an officer to track.” A CAD and RMS service com- pany took this issue under its wing when it decided to look into whether small- and medium-sized agencies could link these applications across agencies at a low cost. That’s how Information Management Corp. came up with its answer: Cross Agency Data Sharing. Information Management Corp. (IMC) had successfully delivered CAD, RMS and related solutions to law enforcement for years. Now it’s new application, Cross Agency Data Sharing. Cross Agency connects IMC customers, their case reports of police in Dartmouth, Mass., er or the “hub.” The others con- and master names lists using each says drove the initial decision to try nect as spokes and do not connect member department’s existing IMC to get agencies integrated. “In one directly to each other. databases. This way, rather than rely jurisdiction, an officer made a traf- The “best connection” is a matter on a centralized data repository, fic stop on a speeding vehicle,” he of what Leo Hisoire, IMC director agencies can implement the solution says. “The officer queried the Cross of engineering and interim general with low overhead. Agency system and found out the manager, calls “a solid network “A cross-agency search can track offender was wanted in a neigh- infrastructure with quality hardware a suspect to different parts of the boring jurisdiction on a domestic and good bandwidth.” This includes state if that suspect has had police violence charge, which had been a variety of network types: The contact,” Moen says. brought less than an hour previous- state criminal justice information Cross Agency Data Sharing also ly. He never would’ve known that services (CJIS) network, or virtual allows real-time access to informa- otherwise, and he w
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