The Belleville Police Service is on the cusp of piloting some high-end technology for its officers. Key components of this technology— services of EvidenceWorks, a digital evidence management system—are being provided by PS&S. The purchase of EvidenceWorks services by the Belleville Police Service is exciting because it speaks to the force’s forward-looking approach to policing, and it represents the first sale by PS&S of the technology in Canada. Belleville Police Service Pilots EvidenceWorks Technology
As Belleville Police Service’s Systems Network Administrator Joe Myderwyk notes, “UK-based EvidenceWorks offers services ranging from standalone interview recording units to a fully networked, multi-media digital evidence management solution encompassing interviews, CCTV, body worn video, crime scene forensic imagery and public provision media.” The Belleville Police Service will be integrating EvidenceWorks services with Samsung’s “Connected Officer” technology, in which an officer’s Samsung cell phone provides the basis of a computer system that can dock in the police vehicle, but also go with the officer wherever he or she goes outside of the car, be it on the beat, to a crime scene or back to the station
Deputy Police Chief Mike Callaghan said the EvidenceWorks system will assist in evidence gathering and management, as well as disclosure to the courts. An overhaul of the service’s interview-room recording equipment with EvidenceWorks technology will take place in July, and will be followed by September with the piloting of some of Samsung’s smart phone technology in vehicles. Equipment purchases subsequent to the piloting will go through the budgeting process.Deputy Police Chief Mike Callaghan says the technology will make investigations safer, faster and easier to share between departments, which will well serve residents of Belleville and beyond. PS&S is pleased to have introduced EvidenceWorks to the Belleville Police Service and looks forward to assisting the force in its broader implementation in the months and years ahead. Belleville Police Service Pilots EvidenceWorks Technology
Belleville Police looking at significant tech upgrades
A slide depicting the potential new technology setup for Belleville Police cruisers is shown during a meeting of the Belleville Police Services Board, at Belleville City Hall, on May 22, 2018. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)The Belleville Police Service is looking at making some major investments in technology to support frontline officers and investigations.The Police Services Board was briefed Tuesday on EvidenceWorks and Samsung “Connected Officer” technology, which can link together various peices of an investigation like video evidence, suspect interviews and more.It can also give officers access to things like criminal records and other systems, through the touch of a smartphone.Deputy Police Chief Mike Callaghan says the technology will make investigations safer, faster and easier to share between departments.
Callahan says if they move forward to the expanded phases, the system would be a cost-effective way to allow officers to access information and communicate without installing laptops in cars, which the BPS does not currently have.
The force is installing the interview room technology first and has a pilot project scheduled for the in-car technology in the early fall.
Belleville Police Service Pilots EvidenceWorks Technology