Posts in Category "Justice and Safety"

February 22, 2013

Tools with Impact

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While my colleagues attended the Adobe Government Assembly last week (see Jerry’s post), I was in San Bernardino presenting a session for the District Attorney’s Office on Technical Training around Adobe Acrobat XI. About 50 attendees from the district attorney’s office had an entire day of training on how to use tools and technology that improves their effectiveness at prosecuting defendants.

I quickly realized these attorneys often compete with private defense attorneys, who many times have more staff and money to buy better tools. That particular day in San Bernardino was especially telling for my audience, as the manhunt for Christopher Dorner was in full pursuit and their own San Bernardino County officers were at the forefront of the chase. This district attorney’s office would potentially be responsible for the prosecution of Dorner. It really caused me to realize I was teaching them how to leverage a powerful a tool to help them better do their job- prosecute defendants.

Redaction Slide from training.

Redaction Slide from training.

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August 29, 2011

San Diego County DA’s Office and Adobe Acrobat

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In a recent conversation, Mark Whitmore, the Deputy District Attorney at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, told us how the organization accelerates Juvenile Court proceedings using Adobe Acrobat Pro in a Microsoft SharePoint environment. The organization, together with its partners—San Diego Juvenile Justice Partners, the County Technology Office, the Probation Department, and the Office of the Public Defender—uses advanced PDF capabilities in Acrobat Pro and SharePoint document management. The digital case file environment, known as the Justice Electronic Library System or JELS, was developed by the County Technology Office and serves all county juvenile justice stakeholders in the DA’s office, Probation, and other areas.

By using Acrobat to convert case files to searchable PDF files integrated into its SharePoint environment, the division saves administrative staff from having to sort, collate, file, retrieve, and photocopy countless case files on paper. The improved case file management has already freed up time for 10 staff members to devote to other critical activities. Deputy DA’s and other participants with access to the JELS system can go over case documents electronically prior to each hearing, greatly accelerating case file review.

The JELS system has dramatically enhanced collaboration in the office and the courtroom. Based on its success, the California County Information Services Directors Association (CCISDA) awarded San Diego County a first place Innovation Award in the collaboration category.

To learn more, check out the full story on the San Diego County DA’s office here.

You can keep in touch with the Acrobat team on Twitter @Acrobat and, of course, keep up-to-date with all things Adobe in goverment on Twitter @AdobeGov.

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March 29, 2011

Bainbridge Island Police Dept and Adobe Connect

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For the Bainbridge Island Police Department, Adobe Connect has become an integral part of the department’s ability to conduct live and on-demand meetings to communicate sensitive information and respond faster to emergency incidents.

According to Detective Trevor Ziemba, Bainbridge Island officers and law enforcement partners can collaborate instantly with Adobe Connect, further enhancing public safety. Ziemba and the other detectives appreciate the fact that Adobe Connect requires little to no training and can be used easily and reliably across diverse teams. This means officers and law enforcement partners can start collaborating right away to get to the bottom of cases and quickly resolve critical incidents.

With Adobe Connect, Bainbridge Island Police Department and its safety partners are collaborating in real time. Many of the officers also have individual, persistent meeting rooms, so they can engage their peers and partners when and where they need to. To learn more about how Adobe Connect has transformed the way law enforcement officials help keep the community safe, see the full story here.

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September 14, 2010

Creative Suite 5 solutions for Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice agencies

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This week, Government Bits is honored to feature a guest post by Jim Hoerricks, a renowned Photoshop Instructor, bestselling author of Forensic Photoshop — A Comprehensive Imaging Workflow for Forensic Professionals , and a court qualified expert witness in Forensic Video Analysis. Jim also works for a law enforcement agency in one of the US’ major metropolitan areas, and his thoughts on the Forensic usage of digital imaging technology are featured in his Forensic Photoshop blog. He’s also a longtime user of Adobe technology, and will be making an appearance at Adobe’s upcoming live, free seminar for Public Safety and Law Enforcement agencies in Los Angeles, which you can learn more and sign up for here.

In 2009, Jim addressed Criminal Justice students and practitioners about how each tool in Adobe Master Collection CS4 could improve their agencies’ visual communications and imaging workflow. Since CS5 launched in April 2010, we thought it would be a good opportunity to discuss how new features in each tool can improve productivity, enhance existing workflows, and save valuable time. Thanks again to Jim for his excellent and timely contribution!


Thank you to Adobe! This is Jim Hoerricks. So often, we think of Criminal Justice as laws, procedures, court cases, and lots of PT (and If you don’t know what PT stands for, get down and give me 20). I’m here to tell you that the state of modern policing is that … and much more. To illustrate my point, I’ll go down the list of Creative Suite products and show you how each piece fits perfectly within the Criminal Justice curriculum. By the time we’re done, I think that you’ll agree with me that owning the Creative Suite 5 Master Collection is the way to go.

Bridge CS5: Do you need to search your entire digital photo archive for photos that were taken by a camera with a specific serial number, or perhaps search for GPS coordinates that were encoded to JPGs taken by a cellphone camera? Do a metadata search in Bridge CS5, and you can view all those photos quickly. Even if you only buy one CS5 tool like Photoshop, you’ll get a copy of the Bridge, which is by far the best browsing tool for all Adobe filetypes. Not only that, but its capabilities for adding and searching file metadata are unparalleled. Bridge can also easily publish your images to printable contact sheets, attractive Flash slideshows, and even social media sites like Flickr and Facebook.

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March 24, 2010

Notes from the field: Supporting the U.S. DOD’s Southern Command during the Haitian earthquake relief program

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Guest contribution from Philip Adzima

Hi – Philip Adzima here. I work as a technical account manager for Adobe, focused on providing product solutions to customers using Adobe Connect. Along with people from government and service agencies all over the world, I had the privilege of participating in my own small, but personally memorable, way to the humanitarian relief effort following the devastating earthquake that ravaged Haiti on January 12, 2010. This is a recap of my week on the ground in Miami supporting military and aid personnel using Defense Connect Online (DCO), which continue to be mission-critical communication tools for Operation Unified Response–the Haitian relief effort being led by the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). SOUTHCOM is part of the U.S. Department of Defense. Technology aside, it was amazing to witness firsthand the commitment and dedication of so many people working to help others in need.

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February 2, 2010

Transforming Citizen Interactions with Lessons from Social Media

A couple of weeks ago, I presented at a seminar on the topic of “Transforming Citizen Interactions with Lessons from Social Media”.

If you weren’t able to make it out, have no fear, you can watch the video above and download a copy of the presentation here.

This particular version of the presentation has some innovative examples from US agencies. I have another version of this presentation with more international examples which I will also share in another post.

P.S. Thanks Heather for holding the video camera for the entire time.

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January 30, 2010

City of San Antonio innovates with eWarrants and smart forms


Often times, there is this misconception that greater efficiency somehow comes at the cost of quality of service. In this case, the City of San Antonio has shown that through innovations of eWarrants and smart forms, they were able to accomplish both.

Hugh Miller, CTO of the City of San Antonio, took on the challenge to find ways his team could deliver IT innovations that would not only deliver efficiencies, but helped the city better serve its population.

Like many other agencies I’ve worked with, one key area identified was the transformation of thousands of paper forms to electronic smart forms. By reducing the time front-line staff spent manually duplicating information from paper forms to back-end systems, these individuals were able to spend more time doing their primary job instead of being paper pushers.

One innovation discussed in this video is are eWarrants. The task of filling out a warrant was reduced from 2 hours to about 15 minutes as noted by William P. McManus, Chief of Police, San Antonio Police Department.

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September 29, 2009

US District Court Judge issues first digitally signed judicial order

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For the first time in history, the Honorable John M. Facciola, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, signed a judicial order, not with paper and pen, but with a digital signature! Press release here.

For more details, check out the posting on Adobe’s Security Matters blog.

var gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);
document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”));

var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-5830531-1″);

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February 8, 2009

Report recommends use of electronic disclosures for handling complex cases in Ontario, Canada

Today, as I catch up on the emails flooding my inbox, I came across an email that I wanted to share and which I thought was quite timely given my recent entry on court case management (Court Case Managment: Beyond the wasted paper).

Amidst the salutations that usually arrive in an email, the key statement that stood out was:

“Ontario Supreme Court Justice The Honorable Patrick J Lesage and University Professor Michael Code have released a report to the public on major case management in the province of Ontario. This report ‘SPECIFICALLY’ names Adobe on no less than 5 separate occasions as the standard for electronic disclosure across the province. The report also recommends the province adopt Acrobat for case management for policing, crown attorneys and the legal community at large.”

Adobe PDF and Acrobat are already widely used in Ontario to address the real challenges of accurately and efficiently collecting and collaborating on documents and evidence for a given investigation.

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February 6, 2009

Court Case Management: Beyond the wasted paper

The venue was larger than I had imagined or expected. The three speakers from the previous session had just finished and were exiting the stage. I clipped on my microphone which would project my voice to the far corners of the room and faced an audience of judges, lawyers and court managers.

I had spent the last couple of days reviewing my presentation, figuring out the best way to make the point that courtroom paper was not just an environmental issue, but it also impacts data accuracy and analysis, staff productivity, and time-to-decision.

I flashed up a slide.

Arkansas Appellate Judge Wendell Griffin (Louanne Parker v. John Matthew Parker)

  • Appellant’s brief consists of 4 volumes, including a 277-page abstract and a 684-page addendum
  • The appellate record in this case was 10 volumes, totaling 1959 pages. Appellant submitted a 980-page brief. Appellee’s brief, which included an unnecessary supplemental addendum, numbered 174 pages. Appellant filed an 18 -page reply brief.
  • 20 copies of the briefs required (17 for filing with the clerk, 1 for opposing counsel, 1 for the circuit court, and 1 for that party)
  • Then the briefs and record on appeal consisted of 25,399 pieces of paper.
  • According to an environmental company based in San Francisco, California, one tree makes 16.67 reams (one ream = 500 sheets) of paper. Conservatree, How much paper can be made from a tree? (last assessed Jan. 18, 2007). Based on these calculations, the paper filed by the parties on this appeal alone has consumed almost 3 trees.

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