Computer-intense project to revamp Pa. policing

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.

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