|Annual Award Recipients|
TAGITM Members Earn Annual Statewide Technology Awards
The Texas Association of Governmental Information Technology Managers, TAGITM, is an information system's professional organization that provides a forum for generating ideas, sharing problems, and developing solutions. The association's main objective is to enable cities, counties, schools and appraisal districts within Texas to realize the full potential of automation benefits. The association currently has over 200 cities, counties, appraisal districts and school districts as part of their membership program.
During the annual conference in April 2014, the association selected Gary McFarland with the City of West University Place to receive the 2014 President's Award.
Smith County, Collin County and Dallas County were selected to receive the "TAGITM Excellence Award” for their projects which are described below.
TAGITM President's Award
TAGITM Excellence Awards
In 2013, Smith County began the process of major renovations to our jail prompting the County to consider options for managing our inmate population. The bond process for defendants historically has been handled in person by bondsman completing paperwork in our Jail facility. During construction, the Sheriff's Office was faced with a challenge of eliminating outside visits to the Jail facility. Smith County Information Technology developed a unique and innovative Web Enabled Electronic Bonding Solution that has revolutionized our process of managing bonds eliminating the need for physical paperwork and providing a secure method to create and track bonds. We have successfully processed over 8,600 electronic bonds to date with an estimated internal savings of over $100,000.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act Juvenile and Adult Project were implemented to ensure that the Dallas County Sheriff & Juvenile departments were in adherence to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) passed by the U.S. Congress. PREA was established as a zero-tolerance standard against sexual abuse of incarcerated persons of any age. The act called for developing national standards to prevent incidents of sexual violence in prison. By making data on prison rape more available to the prison administrators as well as making corrections facilities more accountable for incidents pertaining to sexual violence and of prison rape, it would more than likely decrease the crime(s). The state of Texas required all law enforcement agencies to be in compliance by September 1, 2013. Therefore, the Dallas County IT Services, Juvenile and Sheriff Departments worked together to develop the PREA Application. Microsoft Customer Relationship Management (CRM), was selected to address the regulatory requirements that were provided to Dallas County IT, by the stakeholder. IT Serices was able to design, develop and then deploy the CRM application to address all of the needs, from tracking case incidents, to detailed reporting needs that were outlined by the stakeholder. CRM allows the departments to track the following: PREA Cases, Perpetrators, Victims, as well as the outcome of the case. In addition, along with the provided Reporting requirements provided by the Departments, users have the ability to do Adhoc reporting with CRM. In addition, the Adult PREA application has been integrated with the Dallas County Jail Adult Information System (AIS). This integration provides the Sheriffs department with additional functionality, including: tracking initial information on inmates, and extracting jail incidents from AIS to allow the PREA Coordinator to review cases identify potential "sexual incidents”.