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Buckingham eyes real-time, cross jurisdictional police data sharing


Public safety service that especially relies on effective communication with other agencies and areas to solve, for example, a lost child crisis, is being enhanced in Buckingham by a grant-supported agreement with an area company.

The agreement with CODY, a privately held, woman-owned family company, headquartered in Pottstown, provides for end-to-end software and data management, integration and exchange solutions, along with “24/7 total support and maintenance, delivered the old fashioned way: by a real, live person.”

It was approved by the board of supervisors at the June 21 public meeting. Officials praised police Lt. William Moffett for his successful efforts to win a $121,642-grant from the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency to make the agreement possible.

CODY describes its service as helping to inform, protect and manage an enforcement agency’s resources, especially by providing real-time, cross jurisdictional data sharing and exchange for law enforcement, public safety and criminal justice agencies.

The service is featured as completely vendor neutral, working with disparate data systems, regardless of vendor, or database engine, which are noted as obstacles that criminals typically use to their benefit to stay ahead of law enforcement.

It is also noted as having been originally built to serve police officers in the field by providing “up-to-the-second information on people, vehicles, safety alerts, incidents, etc.” The company states a commitment to maintaining that core objective.

At the outset of the June 21 meeting, supervisors conducted an in-depth discussion with a homeowner plagued by misuse by teens of a playground space originally intended for tots, and the inter-development corridor that provides access, at all hours.

They noted the situation as unfortunately all-too-typical, including a key original misrepresentation by the developer to the home buyer; the long-term enshrinement of key elements in the land development approval; and the lack of jurisdiction by the township in a situation where the homeowners’ association (HOA) held primary sway.

In response, officials urged the resident to stop engaging the offenders personally, instead relying on continued calls to the police department, without hesitation. They also suggested restoration of a fence that was no longer there, and directed staff to write a letter to the HOA.

In summary regarding such situations, Supervisors Chair Paul Calderaio urged residents to not hesitate to contact their township for help.

“We are your neighbors,” he said. “What affects you affects us.”

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