Software Makes Tracking Criminals Easier For Pitt Co. Deputies

By: April Davis/ Britanny Gunter
By: April Davis/ Britanny Gunter

Around 80 officers with the Pitt County sheriff's office have been trained on a new program called CJ Leads. It came out in the western part of our state around 1-2 years ago, but now it is coming to the east.

Deputies say it's aimed to make their life easier when trying to track down a suspect. The deputy can access the program at a desk or in their patrol car. They simply type in a persons name, then the CJ Leads program gathers data from different state databases including the DMV, court records and sex offender registry. It also shows a history of where that person has lived in the state. All that information comes up in one search, instead of deputies having to search several different sites.

"It's just a wealth of information that gives us somewhere to start with- a starting point with tracking these leads down," said
Paula Dance with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office.

It's just within the past week that deputies were trained on this program, but already they say it's working. Using CJ Leads officers were able to track down a suspect in Georgia and arrest him. He was wanted in Pitt and Beaufort counties for several charges including communicating threats and breaking and entering.

Deputies say the program also has a warning system, so if an officer types in a certain name of who is wanted or has a history of violence then they will be notified.


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  • by Big Cal on Jan 21, 2012 at 04:32 PM
    Just one more step to the "Big Brother" state for non crooks.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 06:58 AM
    Just keep that mug face off T>V> I'm trying to eat.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 03:25 AM
    This is a new tool that Pitt County Sheriff's Office was just trained on, and most every other local agency has recently been trained on the same software. I think the article says this is a new program to this area. I dont think they are behind time trying to look good. Sheriff Elks you are doing a great job keep it up.
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      by bs on Jan 21, 2012 at 09:17 AM in reply to
      they obviously have you fooled.
  • by Awesomeness on Jan 20, 2012 at 11:49 PM
    This is just filler for the website. HP along with almost every Sheriff's Office around PCSO has had this software for 6 months or better now.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM
    Again Pitt Coso is behind times trying to look good.
  • by Hmmmm on Jan 20, 2012 at 10:20 PM
    That's strange. I'm pretty sure PCSO wasn't the only agency recently trained on this?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2012 at 07:27 PM
    Hows about some electronics enabeling Bojangle's and other businesses to hit a hold-up button so the armed robberies can be better/more effectively dealt with. It's getting a little rediculous around the area ain't it???
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      by Hmmmm on Jan 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM in reply to
      I'm pretty sure most fast food restaurants DO have hold up buttons. Whether they're used properly or not is a different story.
  • by Wow on Jan 20, 2012 at 07:20 PM
    This is not news, every agency around has had this for months. Pitt Co might have just got this, but everybody else has been on it for a while.
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Jan 20, 2012 at 06:45 PM
    I look forward to a day when, safe at home in town or along the highway, we can look at each other and laugh- Hey, remember criminals?
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