Innovative Uses of Technology

The Police Department has implemented...
Police In-Car Computer System
Officers can enter all their incident and accident reports on the vehicle laptops, increasing effective and efficient reporting. Additionally, the officers can access other applications that allow information like photos and records to be obtained instantly in the field, thus enhancing their crime fighting ability. By reducing the time spent at headquarters filling out paper work, the officers can spend more time in the field.
Using grant funding, the in-car Panasonic CF-29 Toughbooks were recently upgraded to the latest model, the CF-30. These new units have increased memory and processing capabilities needed to perform all these tasks. These in-car computers continue to grow in importance as new programs become available for law enforcement applications.
Digital In-Car Video Cameras
New digital cameras (Panasonic Arbitrator Video system) were installed in the police vehicles. The digitally networked storage has increased the ease of retrieving video. Video is downloaded wirelessly to a server that allows it to be retrieved for review or used as evidence in a criminal proceeding. The system tracks and documents all actions, thus ensuring the video has not been tampered with and increasing its credibility in court.
In-Car Camera display for Panasonic Arbitrator.
The fact that no one has physically touched the video also lends itself to increased credibility in court. A supervisor or the officer who recorded the video can instantly review the video. This has proven to be an invaluable training tool. The video can also be copied in several different formats for later use (DVD, CD-ROM or Windows Media format). This system is helping to refine the way Danville police officers go about the business of police work.
Crash Reporting Program
The Danville Police Department entered into an agreement with the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles to be a beta test site for the new crash reporting program. This new program allows officers to complete crash reports on the computers in their vehicles. This program includes an error checking functionality and a comprehensive diagramming feature. There are several advantages inherent to this new program. There is no longer a need to take up physical space with hard copies of crash reports.
A crash report that the officers fill out in the field using their in-car laptop.
The reports are more readily available to officers and redacted copies can be emailed to insurance companies and members of the general public.
The LInX Project
The Danville Police Department was awarded a $419,070 grant to fund a regional data-sharing project to provide connectivity to the Law Enforcement Information Exchange known as “LInX”. The Danville Police and IT departments jointly developed this project to connect the records databases of twenty police agencies in Southside Virginia. The partner agencies have agreed to electronically share their data with each other and with other agencies across the state and nation, something that was impossible to do before.
The LInX signon screen that officers use.
What's unique about this project is that Danville will serve as a hub and utilize a server purchased by the grant to store and manage the data from the record management systems of the other partner agencies. The funneling of all the data from the partner agencies into the hub in Danville creates a regional network that reduces costs for everyone involved. All of this data will then be linked to regional networks in Virginia and other states and to various federal databases throughout the country. The LInX network is managed by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Hampton Roads. When the project went operational in July of 2009, the Danville Police Department was able to access all incident information, arrest reports, photographs, investigative reports, citations, etc. from any of the linked agencies by use of a secure encrypted website managed by the NCIS. In addition, the software utilized by the system allows “links” to be drawn between persons, vehicles, addresses, and telephone numbers, etc. that are imbedded in the data, which produces a significant intelligence benefit.