To date, ten Camden County towns are now on board with this new, regional effort, and they selected CSI’s InfoShare™ Records Management System (RMS) to support their police departments and provide their towns with the latest technology in police data collection, sharing and reporting. The municipalities are Barrington, Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Oaklyn, Lindenwold, Chesilhurst, Clemention, Runnerede, Pine Hill and Woodlynne.
“Prior to installing the new RMS, the officers would submit their reports at the end of their shift. With the new system, we will now have a live feed for sharing data on calls for service, suspects arrested and pending investigations,” explains Bellmawr Police Chief Bill Walsh, who is the Chair for the Camden County Police Chief’s Regional RMS Project. CSI makes this information available to officers through their Mobile Data Terminals (MDT’s). The MDT’s themselves are a testimony to Camden County law enforcement’s pioneering efforts in utilizing shared services, when resources were pooled among police departments to obtain them back in 1996. “This is nothing new to police. We have been sharing equipment and officers since I started in police work,” contends Walsh. “While it wasn’t always documented and we didn’t use the hot word ‘shared services,’ we did what we had to do to get the job done.”
Having a live feed for police reporting of incidents and emergencies will help not only in report accuracy, but also in response. “The towns in the past would have all different types of records management systems and rarely could they share data. This new system allows all the departments and their officers to share their data, solving crimes more quickly and taking additional criminals off the streets. Having this information at their fingertips also increases officer safety,” states Chief Walsh.