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May 26, 2010

Holly Ridge Cops go Mobile with InterActPocketCop

By Hans Lewis, TMCnet Contributor

InterAct Public Safety (News - Alert) Systems, a leading provider of safety and security software used by government agencies as well as private sector businesses,  announced that the Holly Ridge, NC Police Department has deployed InterActPocketCop, installed on BlackBerry (News - Alert) smartphones, to provide its officers with unprecedented mobile access to detailed law enforcement information. Additionally, based on the tremendous success of the deployment, the Holly Ridge Police Department is inviting public safety agencies from across the state to visit their department to experience InterActPocketCop for themselves.

Chief John Maiorano of the Holly Ridge, North Carolina Police Department said, "InterActPocketCop is a phenomenal tool. We've already seen an increase in officers locating out-of-date and fictitious tags. Officers love it. It works flawlessly and syncs well with the state crime information system."

Andrew J "Flip" Filipowski, Executive Chairman of InterAct Public Safety Systems said, "It's rewarding to hear from agencies about the great impact InterActPocketCop is having on improving safety. Instead of burdening dispatchers with additional queries, officers can access the critical information they need within seconds to make the best decisions."

InterActPocketCop protects officer and public safety by enabling officers to simultaneously access multiple federal, state and local databases for outstanding arrest warrants, stolen vehicle reports, mug shots and other law enforcement information. The software offers the fastest way to run vehicle tags, vehicle and boat registrations, in-state and out-of-state driver's licenses, firearm registrations and more, right in the field. Queries average five seconds, giving officers immediate assurance of the situation at hand.

The June 30 InterActPocketCop demonstrations being held by the Holly Ridge PD are open for all public safety agencies throughout the state. In addition, members of the press are invited to attend so that they may learn firsthand about the most advanced mobile application designed specifically for officer and public safety.

In a Legal Featured Article, read here about how under scrutiny for lax - or even broken -  privacy policies, it has been uncovered that several popular social networking sites have been sharing personal data with advertising companies, despite a policy that says information is not shared without consent.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that "the practice, which most of the companies defended, sends user names or ID numbers tied to personal profiles being viewed when users click on ads. After questions were raised by The Wall Street Journal, Facebook (News - Alert) and MySpace (News - Alert) moved to make changes. By Thursday morning Facebook had rewritten some of the offending computer code," the article said.

Hans Lewis is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Alice Straight

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