A popular use of Discover is to set up alerts for property owners. However, this required some extra work in creation and management of these “public users”. To make this process easier, we added a checkbox to the User Manager. This allows you to flag a user as a public recipient. Two new features make use of this checkbox:
Public Alert Call Type Exclusions
If there are sensitive types of calls that should not be revealed to property owners or managers, you may select these call types to exclude. They can be added or changed in a single location instead of editing every alert.
Public E-mail Notification Text
When sending e-mails, it is common to include a standard paragraph to appear above the alert information, perhaps to include a contact name and telephone number that can answer questions about the alert.
Now, you can enter some text that will automatically be included at the top of each alert e-mail that gets delivered. If this text is modified, all alerts delivered to public users will inherit this change.
Both of these new features are available an the Admin tab.
A column was added to indicate which user accounts are marked as public in the User Manager.
Corona Solutions has announced a new service offering to deliver regular reporting of an agency’s key performance indicators. Since 1995, the company has been offering software tools to assist law-enforcement agencies with the complex task of scheduling their patrol officers.
The new service, Deploy Plus, provides periodic delivery (quarterly or biannually) of attractive and professional reports that focus on patrol service performance. These reports show, at a birds-eye level, how well the agency is meeting the demands of their citizens. Reports include the basics such as historical response times, but also a summary of how patrol officers’ time was spent. It’s important to see exactly how officers’ time was divided between calls for service from the community, administrative activities, and proactive work. The Deploy Plus report will include charts showing how much time was taken in each category, but also will identify the number and types of calls that consumed this time.
Also included in the report is an analysis of the current patrol schedule. It may recommend changes of staffing levels to the current schedule or a modified schedule that better matches variations in the demand for service. Statistics will be compared between reporting intervals to show trends in these key performance indicators so it becomes much easier for management to spot problems sooner or to show a continued effort for improvement in their community.
“Most agencies only analyze and change their schedule once every few years and those changes are often made by gut instinct. Since Deploy Plus includes comprehensive analysis multiple times per year, agencies can be confident that they are making changes based on the most accurate data available. Deploy Plus is like a finger on the pulse of the service level to your community.” -Dan Harris, President of Corona Solutions
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Corona Solutions recently unveiled a new addition to their Ops Force: Deploy product that’s focused on the task of scheduling patrol officers within law enforcement agencies. While Deploy assigns the appropriate number of officers to an existing schedule pattern, the newest feature, Project Bullseye takes the practice of scheduling to the next level.
Project Bullseye brings the capability to evaluate potentially millions of different schedules by utilizing a large “cluster” of computers that will make several recommendations according to their match with the needs of the community. Adopting a new schedule that better aligns the number of officers on-duty with the measured demand will result in an increase in proactive time available to officers that can be used to benefit community engagement and crime prevention activities.
“The Project Bullseye release is a major event for our company. We’ve been working towards this functionality since the beginning, over twenty years ago. We imagined doing this long before the computing power was available to do such complicated calculations. Now that it is, we are excited to see how our customers will benefit from this enhancement.” -Dan Harris, President of Corona Solutions
Deploy has led the way in operations analysis by providing staffing recommendations after thoroughly examining information stored in a database of 911 call records. The record-keeping in most of these systems is very detailed and will track the locations, time of occurrence, and the officers’ time spent handling each call for help that comes in. Deploy has always been able to assist those tasked with scheduling patrol officers by assigning the appropriate amount of people to an existing schedule pattern in the most effective way. Users are also able to compare different schedules and easily evaluate suitability for the demand for service as calculated from the detailed 911 call history.
While Deploy has provided tremendous value to its customers, the question remained of how to choose the best shift patterns and when to start the shifts that are working. In most agencies, if changing the schedule is considered, only one or two alternatives are presented as possible replacements. Finding new patrol schedules was a very time-consuming and daunting task due to the challenge of balancing the requirements of officer safety with community expectations of response time while still being constrained by limited budgets.
Corona Solutions has been improving the process of matching staffing levels to the demand from the community since 1995. Project Bullseye tackles the challenge of schedule design and makes this easier to create and evaluate new patrol schedules.
Project Bullseye is available in the Deploy and Deploy Plus products.
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