Sierra-Cedar has 30 years of experience delivering projects based on leading technologies which help Justice and Public Safety (JPS) entities increase operational performance through improved processes. Our firm provides a comprehensive suite of consulting and managed services offerings that are tailored to the needs of each client. Sierra-Cedar is a recognized leader in JPS System Integration throughout the country, providing solutions for a wide range of JPS agencies including law enforcement, jail, prosecution, courts, public defender, and probation agencies using a variety of software products and standards-based interfaces (e.g. National Information Exchange Model [NIEM] exchanges, HTML5).
Sierra-Cedar’s ability to assist clients in all phases of assessment, planning, development, deployment, and support has established Sierra-Cedar as a recognized leader in JPS system integration throughout the country. Our experience has led Sierra-Cedar to develop a 360° view of Justice and Public Safety. Sierra-Cedar’s JPS Practice’s core competency is applying program management and subject matter expertise to implement large, complex, multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional JPS solutions that require innovative thinking and a high level of integration. These solutions include our Early Intervention System for Law Enforcement, our eDUI System for State Police, Tyler Odyssey Integration Services, and Integrated Justice.
Early Intervention System
Insight is Sierra-Cedar’s Early Intervention System (EIS) which has become the “gold standard” for law enforcement agencies. In addition to gathering relevant data, creating EIS reports, and identifying the employees exceeding statistical thresholds, Insight’s threshold activations are routed electronically through the chain of command who review and approve supervisor prepared intervention action plans. In addition, all employees have transparent access to the information in the EIS pertaining to themselves. This inclusive approach to EIS ensures that risk management becomes a part of regular operations and ultimately an agency’s culture.
Insight includes a suite of tools that have evolved from our initial work at the Los Angeles Police Department, through our engagement at the Oakland Police Department, and our current work with the New Orleans Police Department. Insight is deployed in the Cloud (Azure or AWS) and includes well‐defined models and structured methods for gathering specific parameters and variations. This framework allows us to rapidly deploy enhanced reporting and analytical capabilities specifically targeted towards achieving compliance with common terms found in Consent Decrees and associated Independent Monitoring agreements.
Our highly configurable approach to EIS allows our clients to dynamically establish peer groups, specify threshold levels, and define workflow and timelines. In addition, Insight leverages existing operational databases, thereby eliminating redundant data entry. By using modern Business Intelligence tools, Insight delivers accountability and advanced analytical capabilities to the progressive law enforcement agencies that it serves.
eDUI System for State Police
DUI arrests in many jurisdictions have been trending downward. The current processes for DUI arrests are manually intensive, paper based, and involve excessive processing time. In addition, duplicate data entry and complex, inconsistent routing often occurs. Incorrect and/or incomplete information jeopardizes prosecution, license suspension, and cost recovery. Often, a lack of a consolidated DUI database to conduct adequate analysis impairs a law enforcement organization’s ability to make data-based decisions related to behaviors associated with impaired driving.
Sierra-Cedar’s electronic DUI (eDUI) solution collects DUI data once entered into an efficient electronic user interface, records it into a statewide database, and enables an arresting officer to create the necessary reports and transmit them electronically to prosecutors and courts,. The eDUI solution seamlessly integrates with existing electronic ticketing and/or crash reporting systems. Sierra-Cedar’s eDUI solution enables an officer to process multiple DUI arrests during a shift and/or increase available enforcement time, availability for service, and proactive enforcement activities.
Sierra-Cedar’s eDUI solution:
- Improves quality by validating required information
- Improves efficiency by eliminating duplicate data entry
- Appropriately routes information via an automated workflow
- Improves decision making through enhanced reporting
Integrated Justice: Information Exchanges and Workflow
Jurisdictions across the country struggle to share information among multiple standalone records and case management systems operated independently by Law Enforcement, Jails, Probation, Court, Prosecutors, and Public Defenders. Integrated Justice Systems solve these challenges by providing an information sharing environment that allows electronic messaging and workflow from one agency to another at key decision points while a criminal case is being processed. The system improves the quality of information and decisions by eliminating error-prone redundant data entry and automating inter-agency business processes. Sierra-Cedar is a leader in the design and development of integrated justice systems based on current Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) technology and national interoperability standards including the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM).
Sierra-Cedar employs an Integrated Justice Accelerator to achieve enterprise integration by providing an XML broker, message infrastructure, application adapters, data transformation, information exchange events, and workflow. This Integrated Justice Accelerator is designed to jump start integrated justice projects by providing pre-existing exchange patterns for push, pull, publish, subscribe, and notify information exchange events.
Integrated Justice: Query Portal Information Hub
The Query Portal allows users to access data from multiple agency systems through a single sign-on security model. The Portal enables authorized justice stakeholders to search for up-to-the-minute information useful in establishing a subject’s identity as well as arrest, incident, and criminal history information by accessing data on multiple agency systems. This information is acquired and consolidated from available local, regional, statewide, and national databases. The Portal enables users to query multiple information systems in a single transaction and consolidate the results in a content-rich response that facilitates enterprise-wide information sharing. The information is helpful in decision-making at every phase of the justice process—arrest, charging, sentencing, and release. Users can access the same records simultaneously from remote locations around the clock. This integration improves the consistency and reliability of information, enabling immediate access by key decision-makers.
Integrated Justice: Application Extensions
Most agencies have made significant investments in their core commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) records and case management systems. These core systems are crucial to the successful operation of their offices, but oftentimes they do not meet all of an agency’s functional requirements. Sierra-Cedar leverages our integrated justice experience to augment existing COTS systems by providing additional functional capabilities and integrating the new features back into the core COTS package. For example, a law enforcement agency may have a significant investment in a Records Management System but finds that it needs a more robust capability to capture “use of force” incidents. We can take the agency’s enhanced requirements for “use of force” and develop a new model that integrates back into the Records Management System. Sierra-Cedar refers to these additional capabilities as “Application Extensions”.
Tyler Odyssey Integrated Justice: Information Exchanges and Application Extensions
Sierra-Cedar works closely with Tyler Technologies, specializing in the integration between Odyssey Court Case Management System (CMS) and other Justice and Public Safety systems used by our clients. Our experienced team of professionals has deep experience integrating the Odyssey Court CMS through a variety of Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) technology platforms. Sierra-Cedar provides an automated inter-agency workflow to process cases between the Odyssey Court CMS and Law Enforcement, Jails, Probation, Prosecutors and Public Defenders. Sierra-Cedar provides Odyssey Application Extensions to provide additional functional components that are not offered by the COTS package. The new functional capabilities are integrated back into the Odyssey Court CMS. Our Odyssey Application Extensions provides a cost-effective approach for a court to enhance its existing systems.
We found Sierra-Cedar fabulous to work with. They not only gave what we wanted, they were able to analyze what we thought we wanted and point out things we hadn’t even dreamed of.
Successful implementation of the Consent Decree is vital to the LAPD and the citizens of the City of Los Angeles. We selected Sierra-Cedar to develop these systems because of the innovative approach proposed, as well as the company’s experienced staff and methods.
Our expectations for this challenging project were exceeded. Sierra-Cedar immediately perceived and understood the requirements for the State of Connecticut’s Offender Based Tracking System (OBTS). Sierra-Cedar went beyond compliance with specifications and provided many suggestions which were incorporated into the design yielding a better and more efficient OBTS.