NEWS RELEASE #: 17-016 - JANUARY 20, 2017
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is the first agency in the state to adopt COBRA.net, a CODY Systems software that allows law enforcement to access various internal and external databases in the click of a button, further enhancing the agency's Intelligence 2 Action (I2A) policing method.
COBRA.net is a real-time, data-sourcing, exchange and sharing program that allows deputies to search and cross-reference a series of databases at one time. Keeping in line with Sheriff Knight's I2A philosophy, the software gives law enforcement immediate access to information thus enhancing real-time policing and preventing further crime from occurring. The software pulls data from five sheriff's office programs at one time including RMS/JMS systems, the agency's computer-aided dispatch program, animal services database, traffic logs, and the FINDER application which includes data entered by surrounding jurisdictions.
"The implementation of this software is another step in our strategy towards enhancing our model of real-time and intelligence-led policing," said Colonel Kurt A. Hoffman. "COBRA.net has already proven beneficial to our members but in moving forward, our hope is for buy-in from our counterparts around the state so we can work together to share information and further prevent victims. We look forward to getting surrounding agencies on board including the North Port Police Department, eventually making Sarasota County the epicenter of data-sharing in the state of Florida. Because criminals know no borders, by sharing information across jurisdictional lines, we are essentially equipping our deputies with real-time knowledge that will help keep them and the communities they serve safe."
The official launch of the software at the sheriff's office began in October 2016 and to date, more than 290 sworn members have been trained in the program. Members currently access the software from their desktops as well as in their vehicles and will eventually be able to use COBRA.net through a mobile application scheduled to launch later this year.
The CODY Systems company is based out of Pottstown, Pennsylvania and currently services more than 500 agencies nationwide. Learn more at www.CODYSystems.com.
Colonel Kurt A. Hoffman searches agency databases using new CODY Systems software from his desktop.