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 For Immediate Release—October 7, 2002

COPS OFFICE HELPS LAW ENFORCEMENT SUCCESSFULLY USE CRIME FIGHTING TECHNOLOGY

Minneapolis, MN. - The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) released a new publication to help law enforcement agencies successfully incorporate new technology systems into their fight against crime. The Law Enforcement Tech Guide How to plan, purchase and manage technology (successfully!) was released by COPS at a conference hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police now underway in Minneapolis.

Information technology systems are a vital resource in the fight against crime. Over the past decade, more and more law enforcement agencies have relied on computer aided dispatch, records management, crime analysis, and other information technology system applications to help them better protect their communities. Yet, many of these agencies struggled with planning for the system, understanding what type of system was needed, identifying creditable vendors and contractors, and managing the new system.

The Law Enforcement Tech Guide will serve as a vital resource to law enforcement agencies that now confront the same challenges. The publication is a practical, step-by-step guide that covers issues ranging from assessing a department's needs, to organizational changes that will allow the agency to get the most out of their technology system.

"This guide is for every law enforcement executive who has ever sat at their desk looking at vendor pamphlets trying to figure out what type of technology system their department needed, how to purchase and properly install it, and how to get it to do what the agency needed done," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "I really wish this guide were around when I was a sheriff."

The Law Enforcement Tech Guide is one of the many resources that COPS offers in support of state and local law enforcement efforts. Since 1995, COPS has invested $10 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to 12,900 state and local law enforcement agencies. The Guide can be downloaded from www.cops.usdoj.gov, or it can be ordered by contacting the Department of Justice Response Center at 800.421.6770.

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