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.