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|December 3, 2003
Holland, Director of Communications
DISTRICT COURT PROBATION UNVEILS NEW TECHNOLOGY
TO TRACK DOWN OFFENDERS
District Court Probation Officers will employ a new high-tech
device to capture offenders who have defaulted, according
to Chief Probation Officer Donald January.
to the Lynn Police Block Grant, Lynn Probation Officers
will go into the community to track down scofflaws
with hand-held computers containing their photos
or "photo warrants." The Blueberry IMAC, a hand-held
computer manufactured by MacIntosh, has the capacity
to hold hundreds of photos. In the past, Probation
Officers relied on arrest sheets. Some of these sheets
had photos, some did not.
owe a debt of gratitude to Lynn Police Chief John Suslak and to Mayor
Chip Clancy for their generosity and the successful partnership that
probation has forged with the city in combating crime," said January.
Probation Department will purchase six Blueberries and digital photo
equipment with the $3,800 block grant monies. The department is in
the third year cycle of the five-year block grant. In the first year,
January purchased two-way phones and bikes for the department's bike
patrol in the second year. Lynn District Probation was among the first
probation departments in the northeast to establish a bike unit.
computer will enable us to identify the offender. Before, a person
could walk the street or enter a building and we did not know who they
were because we did not know what they looked like," said January.
said every default will be entered in the Blueberry. When the photo
is called up, the Probation Officers contact the probation department
via two-way phone, also purchased with money from the National Block
Grant. A Warrant Management System check can be done in 1 ½ minutes,
according to January.
District Probation averages 15-20 warrants per month, according to
January. The photo warrant system will be fully implemented at the
beginning of the year, he said.
Massachusetts Probation Service is a department of the Massachusetts
Trial Court. There are 12 Superior Court, 70 District Court and 12
Probate and Family Court probation offices throughout the Commonwealth.
Probation's Juvenile Court system includes 11 divisions which represent
every county in the state. The Office of the Commissioner of Probation
(OCP) serves as the central administrative office for the state Probation
service and the Office of Community Corrections which operates 21 Community
Corrections Centers throughout the state.