How data sharing helps police agencies work together and get the bad guys

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In most parts of the world, this would be a completely useless description of a bank robber: white male, 30-45 years old, bandage on the left side of his neck. Thanks to advanced database technology, however, that’s all detectives needed to find the Striped Hoodie Bandit.

The big break in the case came as a result of database technology developed by Council member SunGard Public Sector, technology that helps different police agencies work together. Thanks to the ability to share information with other agencies and the dedication of police to enter even small clues into it, that seemingly vague description pointed to one man.

Before the police caught up with their robbery suspect, he had already robbed three banks and a convenience store.

Since he robbed places that are under video surveillance, police had pictures of him, but even when detectives went door-to-door they couldn’t find anyone who recognized him. The answer ultimately came from Police-to-Police (P2P) Data Sharing, a component of SunGard Public Sector’s ONESolution Records Management System. That service links all of the police agencies that use it through one search form. All the agencies that use it can search all of the other members’ records for distinctive features about individuals, cases or trends.

A Crimestoppers coordinator entered what appeared to be an ambiguous description into that database and came up with a name. Police got a warrant for his arrest after they compared previous pictures of him with the video.