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NCJ Number: 136279 Find in a Library
Title: Benefits and Pitfalls of Police Department Computerization
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:59  Issue:4  Dated:(April 1992)  Pages:29-30,32-33
Author(s): T J O'Loughlin
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The benefits of the Police Server by Pamet Systems adopted by the Wayland, Massachusetts Police Department are identified in the context of issues to consider computerizing a police department.
Abstract: The software and the needs of the individual police department require the most attention. Guidelines to follow when selecting a system include to make sure the system is fully integrated and can be used by everyone in the department, to pick a user friendly system, to avoid purchasing software that requires significant customization, and to purchase a system that was designed with input from police officers and administrators. One should also ask about upgrades to keep the system current, make sure the system has security and confidentiality features, choose a system that is suited to the size of the police department, creates its own data base, and includes a payback analysis.
Main Term(s): Computer aided operations; Computer software
Index Term(s): Computer program models; Criminal justice information systems; Massachusetts; Systems analysis
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