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Douglas County in Kansas is saving between $5 and $6 each time it pays a bill, thanks to a new financial software system from SunGard Public Sector. As the Lawrence Journal-World reports, Douglas County is utilizing electronic transfers rather than paper checks.
According to the Lawrence Journal-World, other advantages of the software from SunGard Public Sector include:
• Universal use of purchase orders for departments and accounts receivable, allowing a more complete and up-to-date picture of county finances.
• Storage in the system of all county spending approvals and authorizations.
• Consolidation of payroll and human resources on the county’s financial software system.
• Improved departmental access to financial and human resource/payroll information.
• Reduced paperwork through the electronic storage of all financial, human resource and payroll documents.
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It is a popular saying that most crimes are solved within the first 48 hours or they are not solved at all. It can be significantly more difficult for sworn officers of the law to bring together all the necessary pieces of information to solve a crime. Newport Beach Deputy Police Chief Dennis Birch believed he could put that paradigm to the test when armed with SunGard Public Sector’s Crime Analysis Plus (CA+), a tool that extends the shelf life of information collected by police to glean new insights about what is going on in a given community.
“Recently, we received a call about a prowler from one of our residents. After dispatching officers to investigate, he found no suspect but did collect information from the caller about the suspicious individual who had a flashlight and seemed interested in a Jaguar that was parked in the driveway,” Deputy Chief Birch recalled.
“Fast forward a few hours, an officer on patrol stopped an individual who was riding a bike that matched the description of a missing bike from a burglary in the same area as the prowling call. We booked and searched him, and discovered a set of Jaguar keys. Well, thanks to the keyword search in SunGard CA+, we were able to tie those keys to the Jaguar in the driveway from the prowling incident. We prevented car theft and found this suspect, thanks to CA+, and its integration with our records management system.”
This is just one story of how CA+’s search and mapping functions can be used to identify trends in crime, and help law enforcement officers solve crimes sometime after they occur.
Since March 2014, Newport Beach has been a user of CA+, which aggregates information collected about recorded crimes with an advanced mapping function that visually displays what types of crimes are occurring, where crimes are happening, when, and by whom. The system is fully integrated with CAD, RMS, and other elements of the SunGard Public Sector ONESolution suite, adding a critical function to an agency’s one-stop public safety and justice dashboard. The system pulls in information from ONESolution modules to let officers literally see on a map where arrests took places, in the context of where officers are patrolling. The platform leverages advanced GPS, meaning that users can configure maps to display accurate information about the topics they most need to learn about.
Chief Birch’s crime suppression team uses the keyword search function, which allows them to type in a single word (or words), to identify results of relevant crimes that have occurred in the community. “We often get complaints about surfers’ cars being broken into near the beach, so ‘surf’ has become one of the most popular search terms,” Chief Birch said. “With CA+, we have learned a lot more about where property theft is occurring, and where it is most likely to occur, and we’ve been able to modify our patrol patterns accordingly.”
The insights gleaned from CA+ are predictive, because an analysis of recent crime trends can help the department identify where incidents might happen next. For example, Chief Birch’s crime suppression unit was able to see that a higher volume of calls about house burglaries were happening around dinner time, meaning they might continue to happen at that same time and the agency should respond accordingly by deploying officers at that time. “The team uses the tool every day and pushes new information to patrol officers, who change patrol patterns to match recent crime trends,” Chief Birch adds.
Because CA+ records crimes and also police activity, it has helped the Newport Beach Police Department remain accountable to the community. “We have had some trouble with complaints from patrons at some of the bars near the beach,” Chief Birch said. “With CA+, we are able to report exactly what those complaints were, and what we did in response.” The heat maps created within CA+ help us visualize this data, which assists Newport Beach Police Department in internal resource management, and reporting to city council and the general public at large.
“Ultimately, we really like the CA+ tool, but it is more than that, it is the entire SunGard Public Sector system,” said Chief Birch. Chief Birch finds CA+ as the natural extension of his ONESolution suite. He is now able to take the information from CAD (where his officers are being deployed), and RMS (who is being arrested), and visualize it in a way that he can easily digest and use the information to make actionable decisions. “The folks at SunGard Public Sector have been very helpful as we’ve continued to customize and refine the platform to really make it work for us.”
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More than 700 attendees gathered last week in sunny Las Vegas for SUGA 2016! CEO Mike Borman kicked off SunGard Public Sector Users’ Group Association’s (SUGA) annual education event, sharing a bit about the company’s continued investments in resources, products, and overall growth strategies. Borman stated, “Our customers are part of a thriving enterprise that is delivering new technologies and innovation to the industry.”
Highlights from the networking and training opportunities that dominated the event-filled week included:
As always, SUGA delivered opportunities for productive and meaningful interaction between customers and SunGard Public Sector staff, resulting in great conversations about the future of our products.
Interested in attending next year? The SUGA 2017 International Training Event takes place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, June 19-23, 2017.
By Kevin Lafeber, Vice President and General Manager, Public Safety & Justice
Today marks the end of our annual SunGard Public Sector Users’ Group Association International Conference in Las Vegas. We’d like to thank the more than 700 attendees who joined us for International SUGA 2016 in Las Vegas; your participation helps to make this event a success every year.
As in previous years, we used SUGA 2016 to announce the winners of the Envision Awards, which commemorate the most unique, creative, and innovative deployments of SunGard Public Sector technology by our customers. We’d also like to thank all of the 2016 SUGA Envision Award competitors for submitting their projects and/or initiatives for consideration.
This year, we are happy to congratulate the 2016 SUGA Envision Award winners, Lilin Lo of the City of Naperville (IL) and Cindy Cevallos of Boca Raton Police Services (FL)!
Lilin Lo and the City of Naperville won the Software Impact Award for its Naperville Smart Grid Initiative (NSGI), an investment in the City-owned utility that will modernize the electric grid using the latest digital technology to increase reliability, reduce operating costs, improve efficiency and reduce waste. In order to meet the requirements of the NSGI several new systems and business processes were put into place, allowing the city to automate smart meter billing, simplify information processing and simplify data between software with SunGard Public Sector and third parties. The City of Naperville estimates it will save more than $375,000 thanks to the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative.
Cindy Cevallos and Boca Raton, FL won the Innovative Community Award for being the first in the state to implement Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP). Alarms are Boca Raton’s second most common call for service behind medical calls and last year, they received more than 7,500 calls for service from alarm companies. This year, Boca Raton implemented ASAP, which serves as an automated connection between alarm monitoring companies and 9-1-1 dispatch centers. ASAP has reduced the load on call centers by eliminating the need for dispatch center staff to take calls from alarm companies. In fact, since March 1, there’s been a 33 percent reduction in calls being taken by dispatch staff, since those calls have instead been routed through ASAP. As a result, alarm users are seeing decreased processing and response time with a greater likelihood for law enforcement apprehensions and fires more quickly extinguished.
We look forward to seeing what exciting and innovative ideas next year brings! Congrats again to all our other customers on their submissions this year.
Stay tuned for more updates from SUGA in another post next week!
If you want to compare the number of citations your agency issued in one month to another month, how would you get the information? One option is searching your RMS – most modern Records Management Systems have the ability to search records by time, name, or location. But what if your agency is interested in looking at the bigger picture and really diving into trends? You might have to manually check records one by one. And if you want to analyze this information on the fly, or develop a report on crime and trends for a local government office or for a citizen because of a FOIA request, this most likely means valuable man hours spent by staff in your agency.
Thanks to SunGard Public Sector’s new Public Connect solution, this paradigm is shifting. Public Connect, powered by Socrata’s open data expertise, was developed by SunGard to address a growing need in the public safety community. The tool, which closely aligns with SunGard’s safety data standards and the White House’s Police Data Initiative, allows agencies to catalog data such as how officers are used, where they respond, and what they respond to. The resulting data is easily accessible, searchable, and indexable for other individuals within an agency or outside it.
“When I first saw Public Connect in action, I was stunned by the breadth of information that was available,” said Lieutenant Jon Moses, Johns Creek Police Department. “All the relevant crime stats, and information about our agency, were just a click away.”
Johns Creek Police Department in Johns Creek, GA is an early adopter of the Public Connect solution and is exploring some of the different ways they can learn about themselves by analyzing the data they’re collecting. “Public Connect gives us an opportunity to visualize the data in a way we couldn’t before,” added Lt. Moses. “We could see for example that responses to house alarms spike in July every year. We coordinate that information through our dispatch during that time of year to ensure officers will be where they need to be when they need to be there.”
Johns Creek’s Public Connect solution, called “Police View” by the agency is now online and can be seen here: https://policeview.johnscreekga.gov/.
The general public can benefit from Public Connect, too. The tool is very customizable depending on an agency’s needs, and can be configured for public use. Some agencies may set up online portals to allow the public to search police data quickly, potentially removing the need for FOIA requests.
“One of the benefits to us is that it was cost-neutral to implement,” added Lt. Moses. “It’s a new tool that provides new functionalities for our agency, but it also gives us an opportunity to consolidate or retire other assets.”
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Local governments, public safety and justice agencies, non-profit organizations, and the citizens they serve can envision the future happening today with SunGard Public Sector.