CLEMIS redeploys 2,300 officers into community policing

Technology and information-sharing can make cities safer and save lives. The Courts and Law Enforcement Management and Information System (CLEMIS), which has 100 law enforcement agencies in Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne counties that supply and use records, was upgraded in 1998 using $17.1 million from a COPS MORE98 grant. An additional $5.7 million for CLEMIS improvements came from local matching funds from the Oakland County general fund for this critical regional initiative.

The results of this regional crime-sharing consortium are staggering. Thanks to the time saved by progress attributed to CLEMIS, Oakland County was able to redeploy 2,300 officers from administrative duties to on-the-street patrols -- triple the number needed to satisfy grant restrictions.

"CLEMIS demonstrates Oakland County's commitment to both using leading edge technology and to creating truly regional initiatives," says Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

This current version of CLEMIS includes:

  • Infrastructure improvements of high-speed, fiber optic communication among many CLEMIS agencies and an upgrade in wireless mobile data communications.
  • In-vehicle computers and printers for tickets, crash and other reports produced by police officers.
  • Automatic Vehicle Location so dispatchers can have better situational awareness by seeing where their officers are on a map while sending them to a scene.
  • Computer-aided dispatching so information can be shared quickly between a dispatcher and officer.
  • Indexing and tracking of criminal and non-criminal related incidents.
  • Crime mapping, live scan fingerprinting, mug shot sharing, and video arraignment technology.

"The technology implemented during this project benefits virtually every facet of a law enforcement agency’s operation," says Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

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