Combined Network

Database Systems
Each of the 5 departments is "online" with each other in 1 combined network. All law enforcement records for these agencies are pooled together in an integrated database system designed by Open Software Solutions, Incorporated (OSSI) of High Point, North Carolina. Every law enforcement related incident from a bike registration, to gun permits, to traffic citations, to incident reports are collected in this system. Departments share names, vehicle information and police reports through this centralized records system. The primary systems employed involve a Jail Management System, Computer Aided Dispatch, Records Management, Fire Records Management System, and as of November 2001, a Mobile Data System. At virtually any point in the system, automated processes alert the users to vital information contained in any one of these various databases. Statistical reporting, some of it contained within this website, is largely a product of these systems and is nearly effortless using these systems. The data produced from these systems is used to assess deployment of the department's resources such as manpower, to provide information to many groups and organizations about occurrences of crime and crime prevention efforts, and very recently crime analysis, crash analysis and crime forecasting.

Implementation
Since December 1999, the department has been deeply involved in implementing these systems in a multi-phased approach. Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) was the 1st system brought online, followed within a few days by the Records Management System (RMS). These 2 systems are very extensive in their capabilities and are not yet fully utilized today. Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department Jail utilizes Jail Management System (JMS) for a variety of jail functions. The names they add to the database, the related information, and the photographs of inmates are all easily accessed and shared throughout the other systems.

Digital Dispatch
Utilizing cellular technology and OSSI Mobile Computer Terminal (MCT) software we achieved "digital dispatch." All police call information received by a dispatcher is broadcast to every unit responding to the call for help. Dispatching of police calls is now completely capable of being voiceless. For officer safety reasons and a variety of other considerations, many calls are still voice dispatched and all calls are always digitally dispatched. As the department has grown larger, the radio frequencies continued to become busier. Implementation of digital dispatch has eliminated much of our radio traffic, accommodates "routine" communications from car to car or car to dispatch, allows the radio frequencies to be available for emergency traffic, and allows for police dispatching to be silent and not monitored by persons involved in criminal activity.