| The Mobile Data
Computer System enables patrol units to connect wirelessly to law
enforcement computer database systems, providing deputies with instant
information. It is a powerful and
effective tool to complete a myriad of tasks in their patrol unit while
in the neighborhoods they are assigned to patrol.
system includes ruggedized toughbook touchscreen laptops, a spill
resistant backlit rubber keyboard, installed in all marked patrol
units. They are also in patrol boats, the mobile command center
and dive van. The connection between the patrol unit's computer
and the sheriff's office computer network is achieved by using a
vechile computer model (photo left).capable of transmitting data by
cellular signal at up to 1 mb per second dependig on the area in the
county in which the car is located.
In addition, the system contains a computer server
network capable of user expansion. This server allows other
municipall police agencies in Ulster county to "plug in" to the
MDC system at a substantially lower cost. Currently these police
departments are connected to the Sheriff's system: Village of
Ellenville, Town of Shawangunk, Town of Lloyd, Town of New Paltz, Town
of Plattekill, Town of Rosendale, Town of Ulster Town of Olive, Town of
Saugerties, Town of Shandaken, Ulster County Probation,
Ulster County Social Services, and New York State Police. The
Ulster County 911 Center is also connected to talk with all the police
cars. Additionally the Kingston Police are connected also from
their system to the County and also outside the county, agencies are
connected for a fee.
By providing wireless computers in Sheriff's Patrol Units, the following goals are accomplished:
- Deputies are provided Rapid Access to critical information (NCIC/DCJS);
- Deputy safety is increased (with immediate field access to databases)
- Effectiveness and productivity is increased;
- Deputies are able to make better and informed decisions in the field;
- The workload of the Communications deputy is decreased;
- Silent and secure communications among mobiles is enabled.
Advantages of the Mobile Data System include:
Information that can be immediately accessed by the MDC includes:
- A system that can not be monitored by a scanner;
- Can prioritize messaging based on urgency
- Automatically notifies other logged-on laptops of emergencies.
- Provides a method of “next-shift” briefing of critical information;
- DMV files including Registration, Licenses, (In & Out of State);
- DCJS Database of Wanted/Missing persons, Articles, Guns and Vehicles;
- FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) 2000 Database;
- Sheriff's accredited Rules and Procedures Manual;
- NYS Laws (searchable) including Penal, CPL, Family, and V &T Laws;
- Law enforcement forms including legal court forms;
- Sheriff's Police Records Management system., jail records, agency photos of jail inmates and arrested persons.
- Other police agency police records, to see how many
previous incidents were at a specific location so the deputy is
prepared before going to a scene.
- AVL system to monitor vechile location of all other police agencies on the system for officer safety.
- TraCS (Traffic and Criminal Software) system for
electronic traffic summons, accident reports and criminal
complains/appearance tickets. All forms complete on the system is
wirelessly downloaded to the servers and transmitted to the courts.