CRIMES Program

CRIMES (Criminal Research, Information Management & Evaluation System) was launched in 1995 as a direct technical assistance endeavor to Texas law enforcement, consistent with the Criminal Justice Center's Legislative Mandate. The CRIMES program is a state-of-the-art comprehensive computerized police information management system.

The system, designed in client-server format, utilizes Microsoft® WindowsTM operating system, and components of Microsoft Office®. CRIMES is designed to serve as a complete information management system for police agencies. The current system integrates modules related to incidents (offense reports), computer-assisted dispatch, mobile communication interface, automated crime and incident reporting, arrests, bookings, property room management, jail management, traffic activity, crime analysis, and operational analysis. All modules are linked to allow universal search and data transfer.

CRIMES is a leased system which provides comprehensive software support to police departments. The lease includes not only the software, but training and telephone support as well. Pricing is premised upon jurisdiction size.

The Police Research Center's rich experience in evaluative research allowed us to design an analytic package that serves a full range of law enforcement needs. Because CRIMES uses a relational database manager (as opposed to outmoded hierarchical systems), all data elements in CRIMES may be searched using the keyword technique. Therefore, an agency can specify the cross-tabulation of any data elements(s) against any other in the system. Further, CRIMES incorporates graphical data. The point and click format easily provides instant graphical reports of incident trends and patterns.

From the outset of the CRIMES effort, long range planning included the formation of regional networks for law enforcement information sharing. The model anticipated is a police inter-jurisdictional high bandwidth network designed to provide agencies pooled access to offense reports, pawnshop tickets, traffic citation and accident data, and gang and drug criminal intelligence records. Police agencies throughout the nation lack the ability to scan incident reports from nearby jurisdictions to review crime patterns that may overlap. Part of the National Institute of Justice support for CRIMES was intended to prepare the system for incorporation, then demonstration, of interoperability technology.

For more information about CRIMES, please contact prc@shsu.edu.