Caliber Public Safety works closely with the McCordsville, Indiana Police Department to solve crimes across county borders. Located in the northwest corner of Hancock County just south of Geist Reservoir, with a population close to 7,000, McCordsville is the second largest municipality solely in Hancock County, and is proximate to Indianapolis, the state’s capitol. The McCordsville Police Department serves the area and has come to rely on the InterDEx data sharing network, served through Caliber’s Online Police Records Management System (RMS) and Mobile 10 products.
In August 2016 officers of the McCordsville Police Department were dispatched to the entrance of a local neighborhood for a complaint of shots fired. Responding officers located several .40 caliber Smith & Wesson shell casings lying in the street, along with several sets of skid and yaw marks upon the pavement. There were no signs of the shooter or intended victim. While canvasing the neighborhood, officers saw several houses with what appeared to have bullet entry points, along with bullet fragments that were recovered at another location. Thankfully, no injuries occurred. Several people in the neighborhood had either heard shots or saw suspicious activity at the same time the shootings occurred. One residence had an external security camera with a grainy video that showed the suspect’s vehicle.
After the officers completed their canvasing and speaking with potential witnesses, they found they had conflicting information and only a partial plate number. The initial consensus was that the case provided very few investigatory leads and might only be solved if the suspect’s gun was found and sent to the state police lab for a test fire comparison.
The case was turned over to a McCordsville Police Department detective for review and follow-up. The detective reviewed the initial reports and re-interviewed potential witnesses. He then utilized the department’s Caliber Mobile data query product to perform a search using the partial license plate information. While the detective did not get a direct hit on the partial plate, he did receive a regional response from Caliber’s nationwide InterDEx network which provided information on a potential suspect. Armed with this additional information the detective used Caliber’s Online RMS Statewide Smart Search feature to instantly query hundreds of thousands of police incident reports from over 100 public safety agencies in the State of Indiana that also use the Caliber Online RMS. The RMS Smart Search query led the detective to a police report filed by a Metropolitan police agency from an adjoining County in Indiana, which involved a suspect and his Glock .40 Smith & Wesson pistol. The agency’s police reports, along with recovered evidence, victim and witness interviews, and other information were enough for the detective to establish probable cause and obtain a warrant for the suspect’s phone and subsequently a warrant for the suspect’s arrest. The suspect was located, subsequently arrested, and is pending trial on criminal charges.
McCordsville Police Department Chief of Police, Harold C. Rodgers, Jr., points out, “Prior to having Caliber Public Safety Online RMS the solving of this criminal activity would have taken much longer, if it was capable of being solved at all. Agencies rarely have immediate access to each other’s information and reports without writing out lengthy requests and long delays. The Smart Search database within Caliber Online RMS made information otherwise available, but unknown, readily available at the detective’s fingertips.”
According to Blair Robinson, Executive Vice President for Caliber Public Safety, “Many agencies operate in a silo, having limited access to police report data from other agencies in the same state to solve crimes. With Caliber Public Safety’s next generation flagship products and data sharing capabilities, you not only query your own records however have instant access to sharable police records from other public safety agencies in the same state. With embedded integration to our InterDEx nationwide data sharing network, you can expand the search even further to touch hundreds of relevant public safety data sources across the nation. Providing actionable information at your fingertips enhances responder safety and better empowers agencies to solve crimes. The McCordsville Police Department data sharing success story is an excellent example of how agencies use our system every day to connect the dots and solve crimes.”
In order to best leverage law enforcement information, Caliber developed InterDEx, a nationwide data sharing network that allows participating agencies to easily share data, increase agency interoperability, and improve officer safety. InterDEx provides information beyond NCIC and state queries; it allows agencies to share their current information such as field interviews, traffic stops, and incident reports. This level of information sharing has transformed the approach to policing from reactive to proactive. With more than 6,200 users across 40 states exchanging over 600,000 messages per day, InterDEx brings actionable information to the point of enforcement by providing access to a variety of real-time data.