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Police Reporting System
The MCCI Police Reporting system is a multi agency police reporting system that tracks incidents, persons tied to incidents (victims, witnesses, arrests, traffic arrests, MV Crashes, etc!), property (stolen, found, evidence, etc), and narratives. This system allows for the storage of unlimited pc files to be attached to each incident (crime scene photos, digital audio and video, word documents, etc.)
All agencies share the master name database. Each name can have unlimited mug shots attached. A mug shot camera and the software to drive it are included.
All searches are SQL based. Security settings allows for selected officers to view other agencies information.
An interface to Microsoft Word is included. You can use the current precanned word documents or create your own. The interface automatically inserts the incident and arrest information into the word document. It this saves and attaches the word document to the incident.
This system is currently being used in a 911 Emergency center to automatically create incidents for 9 agencies ( 170+ Officers).
This system is also being used in another agency with mobile laptops in the crusiers.
UCR Reporting is included for both Offense level and Victim level reporting.
The Police Reporting System also includes: An officers scheduling system, Officers Status Board (with log), Pawned Items, a secured Tips database, and much more.
This system now has a detention center module to track inmates.
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MidRange Computing Article
Case Study: BCD's ProGen WebSmart
An iSeries consultant develops an advanced iSeries/Web police reporting system with WebSmart.
In November of 2004, a man entered the Allegany County Detention Center in Cumberland, Maryland, to visit an inmate. When a guard keyed the visitor's name into a newly installed iSeries-based police reporting system, he realized that the man he was talking to was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant. If not for this browser-based crime fighting tool, the man might have left freely following his visit, since it would have taken several phone calls for guards to unearth any connection to wrongdoing. As it happened, he left in handcuffs.
Normally, wanted criminals don't willingly enter buildings through doors that automatically lock shut behind them. Most often, it takes solid police work and good information to catch them. Up-to-date information is a key weapon in the war on crime, say police officials. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security apparently agrees: It offers financial incentives to agencies that acquire information management systems that integrate into a larger network.
One new tool that gives police officers instant access to information is the MCCI Police Reporting System from Mason Computer Consulting, Inc. in Hagerstown, Maryland. The MCCI Police Reporting System is a multifaceted incident-reporting system with a database and executables that reside on an IBM iSeries box. Authorized users can access this system from any PC-based Web browser. Common, inexpensive wireless technology and laptop computers make this system accessible to officers on patrol. The MCCI Police Reporting System is also designed to be uncomplicated for end users and easily maintained.
Former IBM system engineer Chuck Mason is the president of MCCI. Founded in 1995, MCCI initially sold IBM midrange hardware. Now, it turns out high-quality custom RPG and Web-based applications for more than 50 customers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia. The majority of MCCI's customers are small and medium-sized businesses.
Mason is a fervent believer in truth, justice, and technologies that make life easier. In 1997, he discovered an RPG application development tool called ProGen Plus from Business Computer Design Int'l. (BCD!). ProGen helped Mason and three of his programmers keep pace with demand for a large number of AS/400 applications that his clients wanted. "When I first started my business, a lot of customers wanted work done but couldn't afford to pay for the time it would take to write programs. With ProGen, we were able to develop applications in a fraction of the time," says Mason. In one early instance, he quoted a client $100,000 for an extensive new system, but the fee was mistakenly based on the amount of time it would have taken him to write it manually in RPG. "When we finished, it actually came in at $30,000 because of the amount of time I saved using ProGen." Since his development fees were so reasonable, customers continued to add new projects to the list. "ProGen helped me build my consulting business," he says.
In 2003, many of Mason's customers began asking for browser-based systems, and again he looked around for a good development environment. He investigated WebSphere initially, but it required hardware upgrades, training, and lots of development time. And in the end, the applications ran slowly. He also considered manual Java development. Then, his past led him forward: "From working with ProGen, I knew BCD was stable. I knew where they were coming from and where they were going. We were very happy with ProGen, so I tried WebSmart. Soon, I had WebSmart running on a Model 150," says Mason, adding, "I took existing green-screen maintenance programs and had them converted in 10 to 15 minutes. It was simple."
A time and attendance system and a couple of shopping cart apps were the first systems Mason developed after a few days of WebSmart training. "If you are able to follow a Visual Basic program, you can create your logical flow," he says, adding, "WebSmart will allow you to generate the code using standard chains and reads. You can also use a template that generates everything in SQL. So if you have an SQL background, you can use this template to generate your reads, writes, and lists."
In 2004, the police department for the City of Cumberland engaged MCCI to write a Web-accessible police reporting system that would run on the AS/400 Model 270 that served the municipality. "In the middle of developing the system for Cumberland, a couple of other police agencies approached me about sharing information across the board," Mason says. He went on to design a system using WebSmart that runs on the iSeries Apache Web server. It allows multiple agencies to be online at the same time and share information. "If you are searching for warrants, you have the ability to see warrants from all the agencies on this system. For police reportin