How Legacy Modernization Can Help Improve Public Safety and Law Enforcement

Written byPaul Bowden

October 4, 2012

Have you ever watched some of those live-drama,‭ ‬police operation documentaries or films back in the‭ ‬1980‭’‬s,‭ ‬1990‭’‬s and early‭ ‬2000,‭ ‬where in a scene you find a cop tagging the owner of a vehicle and identifying a criminal merely by punching an ID on a hand-held unit or a small computer system mounted‭ ‬in‭ ‬the police car‭?

Back then,‭ ‬it may have seemed like a leap in technological prowess for the law enforcement agencies.‭ ‬The shocking truth, however,‭ ‬is that the system that facilitated the flow of information from State Law Enforcement offices to the police units in the field‭ ‬was probably dependent on aging programs that were developed decades earlier.‭

Before choosing to modernize these aging systems,‭ ‬police and military agencies kept different records‭ (‬both paper and digital‭) ‬for known offenders,‭ ‬convicted felons,‭ ‬including data on juveniles and those on parole.‭ ‬Eventually the systems give rise to a potential risk that,‭ ‬if left unchecked and mishandled,‭ ‬questions are raised concerning the accuracy and the duplication of unorganized data,‭ ‬questions that could ultimately affect civilian security activities and public safety,‭ ‬in the long run.‭

The solution‭ ‬-‭ ‬modernize those legacy systems.

Today,‭ ‬some of these obsolete or legacy systems integration have been given an overhaul,‭ ‬and have been modernized for more robust integration with other state agency information systems,‭ ‬which includes the correlation of data from prison institutions,‭ ‬parole and even the justice department and courts systems,‭ ‬as well as revenue systems and social services‭; ‬all-in-all to offer a faster,‭ ‬more accessible,‭ ‬and more accurate sharing of information for police units,‭ ‬to better serve and protect the public.

In a push for developing a more comprehensive system for law protection agencies and the justice department,‭ ‬IT personnel from different states have started drafting plans to modernize the other sectors in the police and military departments that would allow:

1. Faster and more accurate web-interface and cross-referencing of offender management systems.‎

2. On-demand accessibility and global sharing of important security data.

3. Disaster recovery and more secure offsite-backups with‎ ‏99.9%‎ ‏availability or better,‭ ‬24/7.

4. Active user groups and better channels for police units to report and for citizens to read on important information from their local security agencies.

5. Cost-effective solutions to upgrade and maintain new systems,‎ ‏after modernizing them.

This new tactical and strategic approach will help facilitate information not only on past or current offender data,‭ ‬but will also provide crucial details‭ ‬on all the interactions of offenders with State government agencies,‭ ‬upon demand.‭ ‬The old systems are simply too difficult to interface well with one another.

Modernizing legacy applications is a fast and proven method to making sure you keep the critical data from your existing system,‭ ‬while reaping the benefits and savings of a newer and more modern system.‭ ‬Law Enforcement Agencies‭ ‬who have done so‭ ‬have certainly benefited from these efforts.‭

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