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June 24, 2015 08:28 ET

CILC Software by IRP Solutions Can Ease Denver Sheriff Department Woes, Reports Advocacy Group A Just Cause

The Case Investigative Lifecycle (CILC) Software Developed by IRP6 Addresses Concerns Raised During Recent Denver Sheriff Department Audit

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - June 24, 2015) - IRP Solutions executives say that the Case Investigative Lifecycle software can help the Denver Sheriff’s Office with jail operations.

According to the Denver Post, a recent Denver audit report revealed that the Denver jail is "seriously mismanaged." (Phillips, N., Denver audit report says jail is "seriously mismanaged," 3/19/15, Denver Post. http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_27742995/denver-auditor-releases-scathing-report-sheriffs-department-says)

The audit report of the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) Jail Operations stated, "Overall, we found that the Department of Safety is not ensuring that DSD is managing jail operations strategically, which places inmates, detainees, and sheriff deputies at risk. We found that the City’s detention facilities -- both the Downtown Detention Center and the Denver County Jail -- have been consistently mismanaged." (Denver Sheriff Department Jail Operations, Performance Audit, March 2015. http://www.scribd.com/doc/259293017/DSD-Jail-Operations-Audit-Report#scribd)

In addition to the report published by Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher, the consulting firm of Hillard Heintz completed an independent assessment of DSD (New Vision, Brighter Future -- The Denver Sheriff Department -- Transforming the Leadership, Operations, and Culture of the Department, May 21, 2015). One area of the Hillard Heintz report focused on "technology deficits that significantly compromise DSD performance." Hillard Heintz did an assessment of technology planning, procurement/vendor management, data integrity, software/systems integration, and IT training.

The Hillard Heintz report states, "[There is a] critical need to demonstrate information technology leadership." (New Vision, Brighter Future -- The Denver Sheriff Department -- Transforming the Leadership, Operations, and Culture of the Department, May 21, 2015) The report goes on to state, "There is no identified process for data collection or data integrity. Deputies do not have confidence in what is collected because it may be inaccurate, which places them at risk."

"The information technology challenges facing Denver Downtown Detention Center are not new," says Cliff Stewart. "Due to a lack of modern enterprise software solutions for law enforcement, Denver Sheriff Department, like many agencies are continuing to build their information technology house on sand by purchasing multiple stovepipe software solutions built on inferior, inflexible technology with cumbersome user interfaces. Efforts to integrate these solutions always collapses and exponentially exacerbates a law enforcement agency's IT problems," Stewart adds.

According to the Hillard Heintz report, "One of the most significant gaps in the Department relates to the JMS [Jail Management System] and its associated modules used in corrections operations. DSD cannot effectively share information across divisions or mine the data it possesses to align resources more effectively." The report reveals, "Many deputies have grown frustrated with the Department's IT systems and have opted not to use them."

"Users become frustrated, refuse to use the software and revert back to unreliable processes that are heavily based on paper. It is simply too much to ask of our law enforcement professionals whose job is already tough enough. IRP Solutions developed federal, state and local versions of CILC to alleviate these technological, user and information sharing impediments and provide law enforcement with a solid software technology foundation -- an adaptable enterprise software framework that works for not only for corrections, but for other large police and investigative agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security," says Stewart.

"CILC satisfied the requirements of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Consolidated Enforcement Environment (CEE) and the Federal Investigative Case Management System initiatives," says Stewart. "These initiatives required a single, modern, comprehensive software solution to consolidate disparate investigative systems across multiple agencies, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Secret Service and Border Patrol -- to enable the seamless collaboration, information sharing, multi-agency investigations and intelligence gathering to support both national and international investigations, including terrorism. I honestly believe that many of the morale issues faced by DHS federal agents stem from frustrations with antiquated information technology tools that make their jobs more difficult," Stewart elaborated.

Audits and consulting firm assessments of the Denver Sheriff Department agree that there are concerns with information sharing within the DSD. The Hillard Heintz assessment states, "One of the most significant gaps in the Department relates to the JMS [Jail Management System] and its associated modules used in corrections operations. DSD cannot effectively share information across divisions or mine the data it possesses to align resources more effectively."

"The truth is that law enforcement operations, whether for corrections, policing or investigative agencies, are founded on the management and processing of information involving incidents, investigations and people," says Stewart. "We built CILC by combining the best practices of law enforcement operations at federal, state and local levels with superior software technology to create the most prolific, extensible and easy to use software solution ever built. CILC was well received and spoke of highly by all the law enforcement agencies we demonstrated it too, including our own Denver Police Department, Colorado Bureau of Investigation as well as the Department of Homeland Security," added Stewart.

Records from business activities of IRP Solutions show that IRP previously conducted software demos for Denver PD. Feedback from Denver PD at the time came from Chief of Detectives Dan O’Hayre who stated, "I've discussed the program with my superiors and there is a great deal of interest on part of the Detectives...We unite in offering praise to you (IRP), your staff and your product." (O’Hayre email to IRP Solutions Corporation)

IRP Solutions also previously demonstrated the CILC software for then Colorado Springs, Colorado City Manager Lorne Kramer (circa 2004) who wrote a letter of referral and commented, "Having spent 39 years in law enforcement, I have a thorough understanding of the importance of good, reliable and useful information. More importantly, as criminals have become much more mobile, the ability of agencies to share criminal information on a regional and statewide basis has become crucial...I believe IRP Solutions has developed an innovative and timely solution for those agencies lacking the technology or capacity to properly share information." (Kramer is former City Manager, Colorado Springs (circa 2004); former Chief of Police, Colorado Springs; and former Commander with Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD))

Records also show that IRP demonstrated the CILC software for Philadelphia Office of Inspector General and the Director of Information Technology. Chief Investigator Lorelei Larson said in an email to IRP about CILC that "All of the OIG is very excited about this venture." Philly PD's Director of Information Technology, Gerry Cardenas said, "CILC was exactly what Philadelphia Police Department was looking to purchase." (IRP communiqué with Philadelphia PD)

"The CILC software was referenced in the 8th Edition of 'Criminal Investigation,' a textbook written by Wayne Bennett and Karen Hess," says Sam Thurman, A Just Cause. According to the 8th Edition of "Criminal Investigation" (Bennett and Hess 2007), "It (CILC) organizes major investigations by the three common investigative phases: initial, follow-up and prosecution...The software meets standards described in the National Institute of Justice tract, 'Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement,' which has best practices guidelines that include handling evidence, interviews, searches and crime scene security. Starting with an initial investigation, CILC lets investigators organize incident, crime scene, witness, evidence and responder information. It then follows investigators through follow-up stages, including evidence analysis, a case-related calendar and "categorized suspect and non-suspect interview tracking." Finally, CILC’s prosecution phase helps both investigators and prosecutors prepare for court using its calendar, witness and jury information, and discovery log. At all stages of the investigation, CILC allows investigators to generate waiver, press release and search warrant forms. (Criminal Investigation, Bennett and Hess, 2007, Thomson Wadsworth)

The CILC software offers over 40 features including: secure, adaptable, web-enabled, audit capable, multi-level case management capable, confidential sources/informants module, leads management, tip referral, operations management, investigations case management, information sharing, document management and imaging (forms generation and management), chain of custody, and evidence tracking.

The advocacy group, A Just Cause, is currently working to get the IRP Solutions executives exonerated of a 2011 conviction and incarceration. The IRP executives have come to be known as the IRP6. The IRP6 case concerns a Colorado-based company (IRP Solutions Corporation) that developed the Case Investigative Life Cycle (CILC) criminal investigations software for federal, state, and local law enforcement. The IRP6 (David Banks, Kendrick Barnes, Gary L Walker, Demetrius K. Harper, Clinton A Stewart, David A Zirpolo and Gary Walker). Court records (Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA) show that during the trial of the IRP executives, software forensics expert Don Vilfer of Califorensics analyzed the CILC software. According to the analysis conducted by Califorensics, "The software (CILC) contained many notable features, making it a functional product for the intended consumer," (Califorensics Analysis, Case 1:09-cr-00266-CMA Document 298-2, 10/8/10 USDC Colorado). Court records also show that the report stated, "No one software application would meet the needs of all agencies, but the functionality that we observed in our review of the CILC software would undoubtedly be of interest to many law enforcement agencies." (Califorensics Analysis, Case 1:09-cr-00266-CMA Document 298-2, 10/8/10 USDC Colorado)

"The Federal Bureau of Prisons, like DSD, is dysfunctional and struggles with the same morale issues and a litany of information technology challenges," shares Stewart. "Officer turnover is high, manual counts are conducted by officers, written on paper and transferred via sneakernet for data entry into the computer," Stewart adds. "The grievance/administrative remedy process is completely paper driven on carbon forms. Inmates actually handwrite or use typewriters to fill out grievance forms then the counselors will prepare a folder with the grievance paperwork, insert a printed picture of the inmate and forward to the Warden via interoffice mail. The Warden's secretary will then print a receipt upon receiving the grievance packet and forward the receipt to the inmate via snail mail. The commissary system is antiquated, heavily paper-driven as well. These types of manually laborious, paper-driven processes wastes time and tax-payer money, increases stress on BOP staff and results in a more tense environment for the inmate population. A more tense prison puts both officers and inmates at risk. We have on record accounts of corrections officers complaining about having to work too much overtime and not being able spend time at home," Stewart adds. "IRP Solutions developed the most comprehensive software that could be used in any area of law enforcement and we are confident that IRP and its executives will be able to get back to assisting law enforcement agencies across the country to solve issues like those exposed by the Denver audit," Stewart concludes.

A Just Cause continues to work to get the IRP6 exonerated. For more information about the story of the IRP6 or for copies of the legal filings go to http://www.freetheirp6.org.

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