LINCOLN – A collaboration between the Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Department of Transportation, Nebraska Crime Commission and Office of the Chief Information Officer has been awarded a national honor to their effort to streamline crash reporting and data collection for law enforcement agencies across the state.
According to a release from the NSP, the team was honored with the Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships Award at last month’s National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The Nebraska entry was selected as the winner from among ten programs from states across the country.
The effort focused on the development of a new statewide crash database. The partnership utilized the existing foundation of NSP’s Traffic and Crime Software system (TraCS) to create the new crash reporting system. NSP’s TraCS team onboarded 60 new law enforcement partners to the TraCS system in a four-month period, bringing the total number of partners on the TraCS platform to over 130 agencies across Nebraska.
NSP officials state they’re incredibly proud of the outstanding work that the Traffic and Crime Software team has accomplished over the last few years. From troopers, deputies and officers on the front lines, all the way to the data analysts at NDOT, this tool has been invaluable and has been the ultimate collaboration.
Data collected through the Traffic and Crime Software crash reporting system is delivered to NDOT for research into Nebraska’s roadways and how drivers are operating on roadways to evaluate improved safety features. Additionally, data collected provides information on future planning for transportation across the state.
NDOT officials added the safety of the citizens of Nebraska is paramount to multiple agencies and partners. NDOT is proud to help advance Traffic and Crime Software with additional partners in the state and modernize both the collection of data, and how it is used.