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Police have new tool to share data

February 20, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO -City Police have a new web-based system to better help them share data with other law enforcement agencies.

The city's introduction into the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway program includes software and is a "secure, web-based platform," according to officer Tony Porreca.

"We've updated our records management system, which is how we do our reports," said Porreca. "Now, we're going to OHLRG. Basically, this gives up the ability to have customized records management.

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BETTER CONNECTIONS — Toronto officer Tony Porreca works with the department’s upgraded records management system, obtained through a grant from the state attorney general’s office. The web-based data collection system will better allow police to share law enforcement information with other law enforcement agencies. - Mark J. Miller

"We're now able to pull our reports from any (police) computer," continued Porreca. "(The information) is entered electronically, and any law enforcement in Ohio and the surrounding states can see a report has been done. It gives (other agencies) the ability to to contact us and share data to solve crimes."

The $20,000 in grant funds for the system comes from the state's attorney general's office, "with no cost to Toronto (taxpayers)," Porreca said. "This is all free (to us)."

Porreca also said the system is designed to group statistics on incidents committed, enabling law enforcement to better see trends.

"The system also gives us the ability to pull statistics," he said. "We are able to see what types of crimes are being committed by geographical location, date and time. It gives us the power to better utilize our manpower."

The department also will be upgrading its vehicle-based computer systems, which will allow for faster communications, he added.

"We're also obtaining new, mobile software through grant funds through the Ohio Department of Homeland Security," said Porreca. "It will give us the ability to have our mobile computers on a broadband connection, which, in turn, will help us get information faster."

Reports also will be able to be completed and accessed in vehicles rather than at the station, Porreca continued.

"This is all really putting us ahead of the curve on technology," he said.

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