Camden County’s RMS project was initiated by six members of the Camden County Chief’s Association, led by Chief William Walsh of the Bellmawr Police Department. The project began when their association was seeking vendors for a regional RMS system to support their shared services partnership and, in 2013, they selected CSI as their RMS vendor. Currently, seventeen agencies are actively participating in the project, along with the Gloucester Township Department, who has CSI’s CAD as well as the RMS application. The full shared service agreement has been signed by all participating agencies.
The agreement covers sharing case data as well as supervisor-approved reports. “This cooperation between all agencies has resulted in a more informed street officer, in addition to Investigative Sections,” states CSI Account Manager for the Camden RMS Project, John Denmark, who was once a law enforcement officer in Camden County himself, retiring after twenty-five years of service.
On April 7, CSI held our second Camden County Chief’s Association RMS users group meeting at the Bellmawr Fire Hall. During the meeting, Chiefs and their representatives from fifteen of the agencies participated in discussions of the system as well as possible enhancements. Various new administrative reports and searches were discussed. Several suggestions were promoted to encourage uniformity of entry, including a naming format of Temporary Restraining Orders, which would assist all agencies when locating those documents much more effectively when needed. In addition to the current agencies, two interested Camden County police departments, Collingswood and Laurel Springs, were invited to attend. Since the meeting, these two agencies have also committed to the Camden RMS Project. They join the original six agencies, Bellmawr, Barrington, Brooklawn, Oaklyn, Runnemede and Woodlynne, as well as Berlin Township, Clementon, Gibbsboro, Gloucester City, Gloucester Township, Haddon Heights, Haddonfield, Lindenwold, Magnolia, Pine Hill, Somerdale, and Stratford Police Departments, who have joined since the original commitments were signed.
“The Camden County Police Chief’s Association RMS Project is a testament to the benefits of a regional records management system. The willingness of the patrol officers of Camden County to ‘pack the record’ with information of vehicles and parties they have come in contact with has made this project a success and exemplifies their professionalism and the leadership of their departments. Due to these efforts, there have been a number of success stories where crimes have been solved due to the data sharing that is occurring here in Camden County,” states Denmark.
One example was relayed to Denmark by Chief Leonard Check of the Berlin Township Police Department. Chief Check states a robbery which occurred was captured by a security video, yielding a vehicle description and a partial tag. The partial tag was searched in the RMS along with a few descriptors of the vehicle. Several vehicles where returned by the search, including one where the owner was listed and had a business address in their jurisdiction. In less than an hour, the suspect was in custody.
Another success story was relayed to CSI by Lt. Chris Jones of the Gloucester Township Police Department. A bank robbery occurred where a patrol officer took a snapshot of a suspect vehicle from a security video. The snapshot was placed into the RMS home page and was immediately available to all units on patrol. Within a short period of time after the incident, the vehicle was located and the offenders were apprehended without incident.
Still another example Denmark tells of his experience with the Camden regional project is the apprehension of a burglary suspect who was striking in multiple Camden County jurisdictions. A Patrol Officer affected a pedestrian stop in a residential neighborhood. As a result of the routine documentation of the stop, the officer was able to see that the same subject had been stopped on foot in residential neighborhoods in other jurisdictions. The officer alerted Detectives who were able to link this suspect to burglaries in three different towns. “Prior to the implementation of this shared RMS, little nuggets of information like that were not easily available to outside jurisdictions,” states Denmark.