York County law enforcement agencies share information to solve crimes faster

February 17, 2015

County detectives and sheriff departments are among the 21 law enforcement agencies in York County, Pa., now using MetroAlert’s ALERT Server Advanced Information Sharing solution. ALERT Server enables users at any agency on the network to easily and quickly conduct a county-wide search of all shared files to find information that may aid an investigation or close a case.

“Burglars don’t pay attention to municipal boundaries,” notes David Lash, Operations Lieutenant at Northern York County Regional Police Department. “Before, we relied on phone communications or monthly meetings to know what was going on in other areas. Now, with ALERT Server, we are able to submit queries and mine the data … ALERT Server also offers crime mapping capabilities, making it an investigative time-saver tool to battle inter-municipal crimes.”

Doug Demangone, assistant chief county detective in the York County District Attorney’s Office, points out that, “In major homicide investigations, there may be four or five officers involved. With the central database in ALERT Server, the officers are able to simply click on an incident report and fill in supplemental information for all officers on the case to access in real-time.”

Demangone adds that “the County’s auto theft detective uses ALERT Server to query for stolen material. He is able to see trends in thefts and how the vehicles were stolen, helping to identify patterns and solve crimes quickly.”

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