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Australian Police take witness protection system from ABM

ABM : 28 October, 2009  (Application Story)
Largest police jurisdiction in the world signs contract with UK based ABM for abmpegasus Protected Persons for the management of witness protection activities in the region
Australian Police take witness protection system from ABM
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Western Australia Police Service (WAPS) has signed a four year contract with covert policing software specialist, ABM, for the provision of abmpegasus Protected Persons. Part of the abmpegasus suite of cutting-edge covert management tools, the solution will provide a sound management and recording tool for day to day activities while supporting protected witnesses. WAPS is responsible for policing the largest, single police jurisdiction in the world, comprising 162 police stations and covering 2.5 million square kilometres.

Chris Dawson, Deputy Commissioner (Operations) at WAPS explains: "Previously we used an in-house developed system which became outdated and reached the end of its operational life. We needed a commercially available, best practice solution that would help deal with recording details and sharing information in a secure environment. After a thorough review of the global market, ABM was identified as the only solution provider to meet all of our business needs."

abmpegasus Protected Persons helps ensure that matters pertaining to witnesses are appropriately recorded and managed. At the beginning of each case, a policy log is automatically created, so that the management team can chart the case, record and manage risk and identify appropriate control measures. In cases where risk is escalated, abmpegasus automatically notifies senior management.

abmpegasus Protected Persons also records financial transactions with protected witnesses including details of payment made, supporting reasons, and the officers making payments. It also has a comprehensive index and search facility for rapid retrieval of any entry within the system.

Commenting on the new partnership, Sue Grewcock, professional services director at ABM comments: "The standardised processes in abmpegasus facilitate best practice procedures as well as ensuring adherence to legislation. Overall administration time is significantly reduced so WAPS' officers can spend their time where it is most needed rather than being slowed down by unwieldy paper based routines."

The comprehensive, integrated solution supports a wide range of WAPS' operational policing procedures in compliance with the WAPOL Intelligence Model, Witness Protection (Western Australia) Act 1996 and local legislation, while ABM's ongoing support and development of the module will help WAPS meet future changes in best practice and security requirements. Providing Risk Management oversight and greatly enhanced auditing, the solution will help keep WAPS fully compliant with legal obligations governing discovery and disclosure under Freedom of Information (FOI) standards.

Specifically designed to simplify covert policing processes by reducing bureaucracy and administration, abmpegasus offers maximum flexibility and sophisticated functionality through a user friendly interface. The complete solution encompasses Source Management, Information in Confidence, Protected Persons, Communications, Surveillance and Debrief to provide an integrated approach to managing covert operations. This means that better informed decisions can be made as a result of viewing the complete covert management picture at the click of a button, rather than dealing with disconnected information held in disparate silos.

With implementation due to begin in November, abmpegasus Protected Persons is expected to go live at WAPS in December.
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