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CAD - Traffic Stops vs. Other Calls

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Blue_hills_max50

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Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Ironically, it took an all-day CAD outage to bring this to mind. We were without OSSI recently while our IT people tried their latest tricks to get an acceptable response time from OSSI. Anyway, we had to do everything manually and I made up a traffic stop log in Excel. We used our usual backup calltaker sheets for other calls.


So it occurred to me that CAD, at least our former and current systems (switched to OSSI a while back), treats traffic stops like any other call. This really makes no sense. It should be more of a log-type input screen because it's the same basic info every time and the log layout allows for much faster entry. It would also allow for one officer to make multiple stops at one time (ours like to do that at highway on-ramps and so on). If a stop results in an arrest or whatever, it could just convert over into a regular call if necessary.


So does anyone's CAD have a different method of entry for traffic stops?

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Ours does.  We use USA Software; for those not familiar with this bohemoth, let me just say this is equivalent to a K-Mart Blue Light Special product.  Anyway, it has separate screens for traffic stops, officer-initiated and dispatch-initiated stuff.  Nothing fancy, just a pop-up screen where you fill in unit, location, tag, etc.


 


 

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Our CAD uses Command Line functions.  So traffic stops are entered that way and the plate is run automatically.  Every traffic top gets a number punched for accurate record keeping.


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

alpha_sierra says ...



Ours does.  We use USA Software; for those not familiar with this bohemoth, let me just say this is equivalent to a K-Mart Blue Light Special product.  Anyway, it has separate screens for traffic stops, officer-initiated and dispatch-initiated stuff.  Nothing fancy, just a pop-up screen where you fill in unit, location, tag, etc.


 We use this also, and I think you over-rated it w/the Blue Light Special label.


 


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

midnightspumpkin says ...



alpha_sierra says ...



Ours does.  We use USA Software; for those not familiar with this bohemoth, let me just say this is equivalent to a K-Mart Blue Light Special product.  Anyway, it has separate screens for traffic stops, officer-initiated and dispatch-initiated stuff.  Nothing fancy, just a pop-up screen where you fill in unit, location, tag, etc.


 We use this also, and I think you over-rated it w/the Blue Light Special label.


 




Yeah, probably.  We've been asking/demanding/begging for a new program for years.  The next best thing costs 'too much'.  Personally I think they'd rather go back to pen and paper.  Sometimes I think they're right!

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Does anyone's system have a capacity to add multiple stops for one officer? Our guys have spots where they may have 5 or 6 vehicles stopped at one time and it sure would be nice to be able to list them all in one call rather than making a separate call for each. This would have to be accounted for in the CAD's reporting function because of course they all have to get their stats.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

RadioX says ...



Does anyone's system have a capacity to add multiple stops for one officer? Our guys have spots where they may have 5 or 6 vehicles stopped at one time and it sure would be nice to be able to list them all in one call rather than making a separate call for each. This would have to be accounted for in the CAD's reporting function because of course they all have to get their stats.



That would be nice....though I wish they wouldn't do that in the first place.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

If an officer stops more then one vehicle at once we just add the additional plates in the ticket.  No further action is needed.


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Hey, former dispatcher here, now work for a top-tier CAD company.  Our software handles traffic stops from a command line or a "self-initiated" form; so, yes, it handles it differenly, making it a lot faster.  You run a plate as your enter it.  You can keep putting down the same unit (or multiple units) on as many traffic stops as you want, based on the upper limit your agency sets.  It's handled like call stacking.  I think the majority of the larger companies can do this now....

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Our system is LawTrak, it's a local (read state) system. Works alright, upgraded fairly frequently on little things. One recent new feature is a seperate module for traffic stops where you can enter in the vehicle and driver information into a file to help the officers if it turns into a case later on. Or I can do it the old way I was trained on and just enter the information into the call notes. example:


SC TAG# AAA111...WHITE FORD PICKUP...10-20 LOT G...10-27 SCDL# <blah>...CLASS D ACTIVE...10-29 CLEAR


And so on and so forth. Requires good written note-taking too, since I have to collect the info by hand, then key it in when I have time. That plus everything is initiated by me, i.e. the officers do have a remote version for their in-car computers, but if they call in something, I'm the one who enters it in on the computer here in the office. The MDC ones are just for running checks through our university records and parking information, etc.


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

We have a command line function, that automatically puts the tag info into the supplemental info. WE in dispatch still have to run the tag, but  it will run it for the officers on their computers in their cars, and since it is in the suppplemental info, if anyone else put it in the supplemental info before, it will show us where and when.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

We have New World, and I can do it (or any other officer generated call) from the quick call entry (F11 key) or via command line...I'm still trying to get used to the syntax on command line (we had INteract before, the F9 box was easier) so I pretty much use the quick call. I can add as many tags as I need too from that one screen, or i can close and do another stop, depends on how the mood is

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

We have Positron and if a unit goes out on something you just have to highlight the officer and click on a icon that says sia. This brings up the unit and a box to put in a traffic stop or anything else he might self initiate on. When the box pops up the first thing on it is a place to put the tag.


 


Also the question about putting unit on multiple things in same location we can just put in the note section the different things.


 


The one thing I wished our cad would do is when we do put in a traffic stop with a tag for the system to automatically run it for us and give us the information back instead of us having to go into NCIC to run it.


 

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

RAK907 says ...



We have Positron and if a unit goes out on something you just have to highlight the officer and click on a icon that says sia. This brings up the unit and a box to put in a traffic stop or anything else he might self initiate on. When the box pops up the first thing on it is a place to put the tag.


 


Also the question about putting unit on multiple things in same location we can just put in the note section the different things.


 


The one thing I wished our cad would do is when we do put in a traffic stop with a tag for the system to automatically run it for us and give us the information back instead of us having to go into NCIC to run it.


 


New World Aegis cad does that, but ours is disabled right now because the state wants to charges us for another full terminal at each position to do have that hooked up (so in effect each position would have 2 full access terminals) and the county doesn't want to pay that, so we gotta enter it manually


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

We have a command line function as well. Basically we hit F11 on our screens and a specific Traffic Stop Window pops up. We then enter the car number location of the stop. Tag number and any info on the car that is given to us (CYMBAL) and then the Troopers name and how many occupants are in the veh. usually takes less than 30 seconds to enter if you are good. for some though it takes 1 minute plus. Also our troopers computers will automatically run the name of the person that is registered to the veh but sometimes this sucks because if you have a common name you may get wanted person hits back that have nothing to do with your veh's driver. mainly because PA tags only have Name and Address info no DOB.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

We use TSGCAD & Oddysey for our database. All of our radio traffic & calls are logged into

the TSGCAD...and then dumped into Oddysey database. The system is a REALLY good

one...except: sometimes when u close out the call, it does not make it to oddysey...so, we

have to call the vendor...who takes FOREVER to fix the problem...