Ptl. Dave Gifford scans a
driverís license using the police
departmentís new Data 911 mobile
The police department has installed a Data 911 mobile computer system in
one patrol car in an effort to ease the collection of data by its officers.
The system called TraCS stands for traffic and criminal software. TraCS is
used by the New York State Police and is offered to police departments
without charge. TraCS is being used in twenty states throughout the country.
This software creates standardized police records that are easily read,
stored and forwarded to numerous agencies.
At the scene of an accident, incident or when issuing a citation, the
officer simply scans the bar code of one or more driverís licenses and
registrations. The information is automatically imported into an accident
report, incident report or uniform traffic ticket on the car computer. At
the end of the officerís shift, the information is downloaded wirelessly to
the stationís server. After review by a supervisor, the data is
automatically sent over a secure internet connection to the New York State
Police. The State Police then forward the information to the Department of
Motor Vehicles, the Office of Court Administration, the Department of
Transportation and the Division of Criminal Justice Services.
version of TraCS will also send data to district attorneys throughout New
York. Local courts can connect to this information to retrieve electronic
tickets written by the police department.
Another important feature of TraCS is the ability to search for suspended
licenses and stolen vehicles. A file called the license and registration
suspension/revocation and stolen vehicle file uploads daily to the car
computer. Each time an officer scans a license or registration an automatic
alert is issued if there is a suspension or if a vehicle is reported stolen.
The TraCS software and mobile computer are the latest enhancements to the
police departments records management system.
SGF Police Department
5 West Marion Avenue
South Glens Falls, NY 12803
(518) 792-4173 or (518) 792-6336