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KSP collaborates on award-winning projects

Date of News Release: 05/04/2006

Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) Commissioner Mike Inman (right) presented KSP Commissioner Mark Miller (center) and COT Deputy Commissioner Mark Rutledge (left) with a "Best of Kentucky" Technology Award in the Best Application Serving the Public category at the Kentucky Digital Government Summit on April 24. The two were recognized for their organizations' work on the Kentucky Sexual Offender Registry, which was recently enhanced to allow direct and immediate access to public alerts and offender information through a single query. The results put real time sexual offender information at the fingertips of citizens and benefits law enforcement by decreasing time spent in response to public inquiries. KSP also shared an award with COT and the Center for Rural Development in the Best Information Technology Collaboration Among Organizations category for the Kentucky Wireless Information Network (K-Win), which transmits real time information to 8,000 law enforcement throughout the state(FRANKFORT, KY) - A collaborative effort by the Kentucky State Police (KSP), the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) and the Center for Rural Development (CRD) has resulted in the selection of the trio for a Development Award during the 2006 Kentucky Digital Government Summit held Apr. 25 in Lexington.

The award for Best IT (Information Technology) Among Organizations was presented to Deputy Secretary of Justice Cleve Gambill for the collaboration of the agencies in creating the Kentucky Wireless Information Network (K-WIN) to help law enforcement officials statewide obtain critical criminal justice data in real time.

In the category of Best Application Serving the Public, KSP Commissioner Mark Miller accepted another award on behalf of his agency and COT for the enhanced Kentucky Sex Offender Registry. The revised website allows direct and immediate access to public alerts and offender information through a single query.

The Kentucky Wireless Information Network provides a statewide, collaborative network to facilitate wireless data communication and interoperability among agencies, both large and small, across Kentucky. The system involves the mounting of antennae on 150 base stations throughout the state whose towers are owned by the state of Kentucky, Kentucky Educational Television (KET), Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), local agencies and other entities. The widespread coverage allows wireless access for all law enforcement agencies in the state without any financial outlay from them.

Maj. Brad Bates, chief information officer, KSP Technical Services Division, said KSP was responsible for constructing a high capacity mobile message switch into which the various agencies can tap. Law enforcement agencies intending to access the mobile switch system must purchase compatible vehicle hardware and mobile software, but the system avoids the need for thousands of dollars spent on multiple switches across the state.

"Once officers have been trained and the paperwork approved, officers can be granted mobile access to the Law Information Network of Kentucky (LINK) as well as the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) data bases directly from their vehicles," said Bates. "This direct connection will save time and enhance officer safety."

Prior to implementation of the K-WIN project, law enforcement officers were limited to radio and cell phone communication through their local dispatch center - a time-consuming activity.

Bates said approximately 300 KSP troopers and 70 local law enforcement agencies are using the system, which is also available to fire and emergency medical agencies. He added that 439 law enforcement agencies comprising nearly 8,000 officers could use the system in the future.

KSP Commissioner Miller praised the cooperation among the agencies in devising and implementing K-WIN.

"This collaboration of KSP, CRD and COT is worthy of recognition and the implications of the program for law enforcement in the state will be vast," Miller said. "The primary beneficiary of the wireless system is the officer who can quickly access critical information. Ultimately, however, it is the citizen who benefits because the officer can more efficiently respond to situations to ensure public safety and the dispatcher will be granted more time to handle other emergency calls."

This is the first year the Best of Kentucky Technology Awards have been included in the Summit, which is in its sixth year. The winners were chosen for their efforts to improve the lives of Kentucky's citizens and businesses through technology.

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