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The CrimeWeb Network currently provides six major alerts:
Missing Child Alert

This feature allows law enforcement agencies that subscribe to the CrimeWeb clearinghouse to instantly upload photographs and information regarding missing children directly to the CrimeWeb site. The information is then instantly disseminated all citizens, news media organizations and law enforcement agencies who have subscribed to the CrimeWeb site and have requested information for events in the area in which the incident occurred.

Law enforcement agencies, which utilize the CrimeWeb mobile data application, have the added capability of instantly entering information directly into the CrimeWeb clearinghouse site from the police vehicle (or other locations in the field). The in-field alerts generated by law enforcement are transmitted wirelessly to the CrimeWeb site, where they are immediately disseminated to citizens, news media organizations and other law enforcement agencies in the same manner as alerts entered from a desktop PC.

The notification sent also contains the email address for the submitting law enforcement agency, or the investigator assigned to the incident. This email address provides a direct link between the CrimeWeb users and the law enforcement agency to allow information regarding the incident to flow in both directions.

Example: A law enforcement agency responds to a missing child call. The responding officer confirms the child is missing and/or has been abducted. The officer immediately enters the child's description as well as the descriptions of any suspects and/or suspect vehicles directly into the CrimeWeb site via his mobile device. The officer may also attach a picture (JPG, BMP, etc.) by using a vehicle based scanner or camera/scanner attached to the mobile computer/device. The officer then transmits the information directly to the CrimeWeb site through the server located at the police agency, which is connected to the Internet. The information is immediately sent to registered users of the clearinghouse who have requested information for that geographical area.

Missing Adult Alert

This component of the CrimeWeb clearinghouse site functions in the same manner as the Missing Child Alerts, but is utilized by subscribing law enforcement agencies in cases involving individuals classified as adults in their jurisdiction.

Missing Adult Alerts can be issued via the law enforcement agencies PC based workstation, or from mobile computers or handheld devices in the same manner as described for Missing Child Alerts.

Example: A law enforcement agency receives a call of an elderly woman who has strayed away from a nursing home facility where she lives. Upon arrival at the scene the officer obtains information that the woman is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

The officer immediately obtains a description of what the woman was wearing at the time of her disappearance. The officer also obtains a picture of the missing woman from nursing home administrators or family members at the scene. The officer then logs onto the CrimeWeb clearinghouse thru the mobile data computer located in the police vehicle. The officer enters the basic details of the incident and attaches the missing woman's picture using a scanner/camera device attached to the mobile data computer. The information is then uploaded to the CrimeWeb clearinghouse database and immediately disseminated to citizens, news media organizations and other law enforcement agencies that are registered at the CrimeWeb site to receive information for the area in which the woman was reported missing.


Major Crime Alert

This feature allows law enforcement agencies that subscribe to the CrimeWeb clearinghouse to instantly upload photographs and information regarding major unsolved crimes in their jurisdiction directly to the CrimeWeb Internet site. The information is then instantly disseminated all citizens, news media organizations and law enforcement agencies who have subscribed to the CrimeWeb site, and requested information for events in the area in which the incident occurred.

The submitting law enforcement agency will provide the city, state, county and zip code in which each incident occurred to allow the clearinghouse database to be search by these parameters. A searchable text field will also be provided for each incident, to allow the submitting agency to enter any details they wish to release to the public regarding the incident entered. This field can include suspect(s) description, vehicle description and modus operandi.

Submitting law enforcement agencies will also have the capability to upload pictures or video files of suspects, victims or missing property.

Each alert entered into the CrimeWeb clearinghouse by a law enforcement agency is assigned a case number and sent via email to all registered users of the CrimeWeb site who have requested the information. The notification also contains the email address for the submitting law enforcement agency, or the investigator assigned to the incident. This email address provides a direct link between the CrimeWeb users and the subscribing law enforcement agency to allow information regarding the incident to flow in both directions.

Example: A law enforcement agency is experiencing a problem with sexual assaults in a particular section of their jurisdiction. The detective assigned to the case has gathered a partial description of the suspect and his vehicle. A picture of the suspect has also been obtained from an automatic teller machine at which the suspect used a victims ATM card to withdraw funds.

The detective enters the basic details and modus operandi of the crime into the CrimeWeb clearinghouse database. The detective then attaches the picture of the suspect to the file. The information is then submitted to the CrimeWeb Internet clearinghouse site, and distributed immediately to all users who have registered at the site to receive information that is entered for the zip code(s) in which the offenses occurred.

The registered users are sent an alert via email that contains a case number for the event, as well as a link to the CrimeWeb site. Upon reviewing the details of the alert at the CrimeWeb site, the recipient can supply any additional information directly back to the investigator using the embedded email address for the agency, which is sent with the alert.


Community Information

This feature allows law enforcement agencies that subscribe to the CrimeWeb clearinghouse to disseminate miscellaneous crime and/or public safety related information to citizens and news media organizations within the community they serve. The information is instantly relayed to all end users who have registered at the CrimeWeb clearinghouse to receive CrimeWeb community security alerts for an area specified by the zip code in which the information is relevant.

Each alert entered into the CrimeWeb clearinghouse by a law enforcement agency is assigned a case number and sent via email to all registered users of the CrimeWeb site who have requested the information. The notification sent also contains the email address for the submitting law enforcement agency. This email address provides a direct link between the CrimeWeb users and the law enforcement agency to allow information to flow in both directions.

This feature of the CrimeWeb clearinghouse site has numerous potential applications for public safety including:

Crime Statistics - A law enforcement agency can upload crime statistics for their community to the CrimeWeb clearinghouse.

General Crime Information - Information regarding specific crime related problems in various areas of a jurisdiction can be entered onto the CrimeWeb clearinghouse. Also, instructions to prevent or deter a particular type of criminal activity (which may be a concern at that for time of a certain area of town) can be prepared by the entering agency and sent to the target community. For example, if a prowler is known to be active in a certain neighborhood at night, the law enforcement agency may wish to remind people in that area to keep their homes secure and to call 9-1-1 immediately if they notice any suspicious persons in their neighborhood.

Road Construction / Blockages - Local government agencies may wish to issue a CrimeWeb community alert prior to beginning construction on a street or highway project. Agencies utilizing the CrimeWeb clearinghouse also have the ability to instantly enter information regarding unplanned road blockages and closures that occur due to accidents or other unforeseen reasons. The unique "Point-to-Point" feature of the CrimeWeb registration process allows subscribers to the site to request all CrimeWeb alerts which are entered between two user specified zip codes. One application of the "Point- to-Point" feature is that it allows subscribers to enter the zip code in which they reside and the zip code in which they work. When a road closure or other CrimeWeb incident is entered for any area between the two zip codes entered, the subscriber will instantly receive the CrimeWeb alert. If the subscriber is at work or at home at the time, they will be instantly aware of a potential traffic problem as they travel to or from work, and can plan an alternate route to avoid any delays.

Chemical Spills / Evacuation / Weather Alerts - The CrimeWeb clearinghouse can be used as a very effective notification tool in the event of a life threatening situation which requires immediate action on the part of the citizens of a community. A law enforcement agency can issue evacuation alerts via CrimeWeb to subscribers within the hazardous areas. The agency may also send pre-prepared evacuation maps and directions for various types of incidents. For example, a law enforcement agency may adopt a policy to send instructions on surviving a tornado as soon as they are notified by the weather service that a "tornado watch" is in effect. This proactive action by the agency gives subscribers in the community a sense that the law enforcement agency is concerned about their well being, and also cuts down on calls to the 9-1-1 center by individuals requesting this type of information.

Neighborhood Crime Watch Information - Citizens who participate in a neighborhood crime watch program can be instructed to subscribe to the CrimeWeb clearinghouse to receive instant alerts regarding the area in which they reside. Once the crime watch members are subscribed to the site, it becomes significantly easier for a law enforcement agency to communicate with the concerned citizens of a community. For example, if a law enforcement agency desires to hold a crime watch meeting to discuss a certain issue which effects a neighborhood crime watch organization, the agency no longer is required to call or send letters to the citizens in that crime watch group. The law enforcement agency simply enters a CrimeWeb community alert via the CrimeWeb clearinghouse and addresses the alert to the zip code(s) that contain the target area. A map showing the location of the crime watch meeting may also be attached. The alert is then uploaded by the agency to the CrimeWeb site and sent instantly via email to the target group.

Other Instructions or Information - The Community Security Alert feature of the CrimeWeb clearinghouse site is the most versatile feature of the site. It can be used by a law enforcement agency to address any area of concern that may exist within a community. For example, if a tragic incident occurs involving a child being injured by an unsecured handgun in a residence, the law enforcement agency may wish to design and issue a community security alert containing an informative document on the proper way to store weapons, or to announce a program to provide free gun locks to parents.

School Information

This alert type is used to notify citizens regarding information related to educational institutions in that community. Examples of how School Alerts may be used are as follows:

School Closing - School administrators can use the CrimeWeb notification system to send out information related to weather related school closings.

Other information - CrimeWeb can be used to notify parents regarding the facts of any major incident which occurs at the school such as planned construction, meetings, safety issues, etc.

Homeland Security

City, County, State or National Homeland Security information can be easily disseminated to other agencies and/or citizens in a fast and efficient manner by using the CrimeWeb Network. The system allows these agencies to send the alerts to target areas using the zip code distribution system, and to create special alert groups such as hospitals, schools, etc., and target the alerts to those specific groups as well. The versatility and level of configuration contained in the CrimeWeb alert creation module allows any agency to send the information to those individuals who need it, while avoiding the problem of needlessly alerting those areas not effected by the information.

Protected by U.S. Patent #6,842,774 and #7,406,507. Other Patents Pending.
The CrimeWeb Service Mark is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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