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Connecting law enforcement, courts and corrections with Cisco Connected Justice

October 31, 2017

  • Increasing economic pressures and budget cuts
  • Rising crime rate
  • Need to improve productivity with same or fewer resources
  • Escalating operational expenses due to transportation, paper and personnel costs
  • Need to ensure safety and security within the courthouse and in the community
  • Growing concerns about risk and liability
  • Requirement to fulfill sustainability initiatives

Rather than implementing short-term, stop-gap measures—for instance, hiring more personnel, videoconferencing and other unified communications (UC) solutions can be used to foster collaboration and increase the safety and security of the court. With a comprehensive communications strategy in place, it’s possible for the court system to address more cases with current resource levels—or, in some cases, a reduced number of resources.

When you think about it, why should police officers have to drive miles and miles to a courthouse to obtain a warrant as opposed to connecting digitally to a judge and getting a warrant in just a few minutes? Do interpreters need to physically be onsite at a court hearing waiting on standby should their translation services be needed? Or would it be a better use of their time to remotely appear as needed so they can function as a shared pool of resources and operate more efficiently? These same questions come into play regarding experts appearing in court to testify. Videoconferencing, UC and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies within Cisco Connected Justice can make the justice cycle more efficient, safer and effective. 

What problems does it help solve?

While the prime objective of justice and corrections organizations is to keep citizens, communities and public spaces safe, government agencies are feeling pressure to provide faster responses, improved operational efficiencies and reduced costs.

Demands are increasing for critical communications across a growing spectrum of voice, data and video. Cisco’s vision for IoT provides the platform to help support this mission across the entire justice ecosystem:

  • Law enforcement. Remote video and real-time collaboration help police officers control evidence, respond to situations more quickly, reduce crime and control costs. Specific solutions include:
    • E-warrants—Give officers immediate access to courts from their precinct or squad car.
    • Video arraignment—Reduce costs and safety issues of detainee transport.
    • Remote interpretation—Allow safety personnel to conduct field interviews without delays caused by language barriers.
  • Courts. Cisco Connected Justice simplifies court processes by improving collaboration to increase the pace of justice, reach beyond courthouse walls and control costs by providing:
    • Remote adjudication—Speed court services while improving citizen access and satisfaction.
    • Remote testimony—Use resources more effectively and improve safety by reducing the need to transfer inmates or bring in experts.
    • Remote interpretation—Improve access to interpreters, eliminate travel costs and reduce delays.
  • Corrections. Provide more efficient services to inmate populations and enable correctional institutions to improve staff and prisoner safety, address overcrowding and improve inmate management via:
    • Telehealth—Provide remote access to prisoners, specialists and emergency evaluations without requiring inmate transfer.
    • Remote interpretation—Facilitate faster response to medical, legal and inmate management with immediate access to interpreter services.
    • Remote arraignment/appearance—Provide instant access to court and counsel without transport security concerns.

Through digital solutions, Cisco and its ecosystem of partners help organizations in every country and community in the world to provide a smarter, healthier and safer environment. This digital platform also provides the capabilities to improve operational efficiency, reduce costs and grow innovation.

Ingram Micro makes it easier for Cisco partners to sell and support Cisco Connected Justice technologies and solutions. Ingram Micro has a dedicated Cisco business unit with more than 125 sales, market development and technical support associates, that are actively involved in $2.5+ billion in Cisco revenue sold through Ingram Micro each year. Additionally, Ingram Micro pays for Cisco partners’ freight fees, offers flexible financing opportunities, all-expense-paid educational and product boot camps, dedicated pre-sales and field technical support, additional CTO capabilities and more. Partners can even get hands-on experience with the latest Cisco solutions via the Cisco Experience Center and Solution Center. 

For more information about how Ingram Micro can help you succeed in the public sector, check out Ingram Micro Public Sector Advantage or contact the Ingram Micro public sector sales team at (800) 456-8000.