Gone are the days when police officers and detectives solve crimes by pinning images of suspects on a corkboard and connecting the dots with string and pushpins. Nowadays, investigators leverage data, digital information and technology to solve crimes – and California government agencies are some of the earliest adopters of law enforcement technology.
California is a Leader in Law Enforcement Related Data Sharing
Law enforcement agencies in California have worked for nearly two decades on sharing data and information among agencies. In the early 2000s, agencies began to share data regionally, until the Data Sharing Task Force formed in 2008. That year, the California Emergency Management Agency spent $4 million on statewide licenses for IBM’s COPLINK.
COPLINK is a tactical information-sharing system for investigative lead generation and analysis in the area of crime investigation. The system gathers data to develop context such as relationships among people, places and things surrounding an investigation. COPLINK enables seamless integration of operational investigative data for use by law enforcement, and the system complements other technologies already in place at departments.
In the Silicon Valley, agencies such as Santa Clara County are buying into this trend. The county recently signed an agreement that extends through 2019 in February to integrate COPLINK.
In 2010, the Santa Clara County’s Director of Emergency Services signed an agreement to install and maintain COPLINK through 2013 for $2.6 million. Since then the Sheriff’s Office has taken over an approved eight additional COPLINK-related agreements with IBM.
The agreement has pushed forward information-sharing efforts throughout the region such as supporting the South Bay Information Sharing System (SBISS) integration of new records management systems and data from the cities of Mountain View, Los Altos, and Palo Alto.
Mountain View has started data integration testing efforts, followed by Palo Alto and Los Altos. The agreement stretches through 2019, and should provide enough time to complete the project.
Other Examples of Bay Area Agencies Investing in Technology
Being in the center of the IT world, municipalities near Silicon Valley are investing in technology more than many other local governments across the country.
Investments in government technology, including those with law enforcement purposes, have been a major focus area for Bay Area agencies. For example, Santa Clara County and the City of San Jose issued 212 solicitations and awarded 282 contracts in the last 18 months for technology & telecom products and services.
Here are a few recent examples of Bay Area agencies investing in technology for needs outside of law enforcement, recently captured in Onvia’s B2G Intelligence System:
Santa Clara County Requests Park Ranger Information System
Like its COPLINK agreement, Santa Clara County issued a request for proposal in January to set up a Park Ranger information management system. The system would allow the Park Ranger Operations teams to create and track incidents, field information for requests and other similar work. The county expects 75 users to use the system, with that number continuing to increase.
Officials expect the system will provide a way to capture and track data while on the go and increase data sharing and collaboration. It will also reduce paper processes for the Park Ranger Operations team.
San Jose DOT Awards Contracts for Intelligent Transportation System Networks
The City of San Jose’s Department of Transportation awarded two companies—Accend Networks and Netxperts Inc.—as contract-holders for upgrade services to its Silicon Valley Intelligent Transportation System wide area network. The SV-ITS WAN will primarily support sharing real-time traffic surveillance video, aggregated by a regional video distribution system, between connected SV-ITS Program partner agencies.
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