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A system to optimize the collection and flow of data in the Police Field Contact Report business process

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014779D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A good portion of a police officer's time is spent capturing data about suspicious persons, contacts, vehicles, or a gang members. This data is entered on a small paper form sometimes called a Field Contact Report and then eventually taken back to the station where it is manually filed. This data is locked onto the paper and is usually only available via a manual search through these cards. Important data that may influence officer safety or solve a crime may never be noticed. The invention is a system that automates the Field Contact Reporting process. It aids the officer in capturing the data elements of the Field Contact Report, allows the data to be moved into a database that provides timely access to this data across the enterprise, and provides for searching, reporting, and printing. The application may be run on a PDA which is a very small and inexpensive handheld computing device. The application has an easy to use interface that has been optimized to minimize the time spent entering data. This document contains screen shots and a description of the flow of the application. Field Contact Report