Computer-intense project to revamp Pa. policing
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Mar 08, 2000
The Pennsylvania State Police has selected Lockheed Martin Corp., to serve
as systems integrator for a program that will incorporate computers into
every facet of the commonwealth's crime fighting efforts.
State Police Commissioner Paul Evanko said the department is finalizing
details of the contract with Lockheed Martin that will make the company
the systems integrator for the Criminal Investigative/Traffic Safety Incident
Information Management System (IIMS).
The project has been in development for several years and received $8 million
in initial funding from Gov. Tom Ridge in the fiscal 1999-2000 budget. Ridge
has proposed $17.6 million in the fiscal 2000-2001 budget for IIMS, which
would pay for installing computers in all patrol vehicles, obtaining bar-coding
technology for processing evidence, and using computer-aided dispatching
and geographic information systems.
"Troopers will use computer technology to record information at the scene
of incidents, process evidence and build information as the investigation
continues," Evanko said in a release. "We estimate that a trooper currently
spends about four hours completing paperwork for each hour of incident assignment.
With IIMS in place, the amount of time spent on paperwork will be cut by
half or more."
As systems integrator, Lockheed Martin will be responsible for the design,
development and implementation of the system, incorporating consortium members,
subcontractors and vendors.