Provo Department Joins Data-Sharing Program in Utah
The Provo (Utah) Police Department joined a shared software system from Spillman Technologies, allowing officers to exchange law records, images and other data with 20 Utah county agencies.
“Transitioning to Spillman will provide the Provo Police Department the opportunity to be connected to all Utah county agencies for record management and sharing of critical information,” said Provo Police Chief Rick Gregory. “This will enhance officer safety and crime-solving efforts.”
Sharing data between jurisdictions will allow the Provo Police Department to pinpoint crime trends and identify criminals as they move from city to city. For example, officers can use the system to see if a person they arrest within Provo city limits has a criminal record in other county jurisdictions.
“Data sharing is important because criminals don’t just live in our city alone — criminals move around,” Siufanua said. “That’s why it is so important that we can look beyond just Provo, so that we can catch trends out there that we are not currently seeing.”
Officers will also be able to quickly access call information and view the locations of other personnel on a digital map using a mobile solution. The software enables officers to communicate securely and in real time with dispatchers without using radio frequencies. Using the mapping module, officers can see which units are nearby if backup is needed.