All I want for Christmas is... a visit from Dave Winkleman 

24 Dec 2015 — The Express

Riley Edwards, 4, of Lewisburg had a different kind of Christmas wish this year - to meet his buddy, Pine Creek Township Police Chief Dave Winkleman. He's visiting his grammy, Mary Edwards in Avis, and all he's been talking about is wanting to meet the police chief. She used to tease Riley when he was younger about calling Winkleman if Riley doesn't behave. As it turns out, that's exactly what Riley wanted! And luckily for Riley, Grammy Edwards ran into Winkleman in the Minute Mart recently and asked the officer to pay Riley a visit. Winkleman came to Edwards' house just to see little Riley. They discussed Christmas, had a great time, and Winkleman even blinked his police lights for Riley on his way out. Wish granted!


Grant sought to expedite police work

15 Dec 2015 — The Express


Local police departments want to piggy-back onto a state police system they say will make traffic stops - and issuing traffic citations - a great deal more efficient and safer for officers.

Pine Creek Township Police Chief Dave Winkleman, Lock Haven Police Chief Keith Kibler, Pine Creek Township Supervisor Dennis Greenaway and county IT specialist Suzanne Watson all attended Monday's work session of the county commissioners, looking for a small amount of financial support for the project.

The hope is that local police departments will be able to tie into technology now used by the Pennsylvania State Police to issue electronic traffic citations. It's a step that all the supporters suggested will make officers more efficient and safer.

The hope is also that the system will meld with a large and more complex system of electronic information sharing local law enforcement agencies initiated several years ago.

As proposed, the supporters are asking the county to put forth $3,444 in start-up costs for the "TraCS" project. There's no charge for the TraCS software, but the company does charge for licenses, and if the county were to sponsor the concept, that means only one license shared by Lock Haven, Pine Creek, Mill Hall, Woodward and Lock Haven University police, rather than those agencies being required to buy individual licenses. (Renovo and Lamar Township departments have opted out of participation).

If the commissioners' comments are any indication, Thursday's vote on that allocation could result in a rare split vote, as Commissioner Joel Long said the county is already looking at a tax increase and while worthy, this type of request could open the door to 100 more worthy requests.

The cost to equip individual police cruisers is about $1,200, and that expense would also be assumed by the individual police agencies.

The individual companies would then assume the annual license cost, based on a formula that counts the number of officers in each department. The information would feed into a server system the county already maintains as part of that larger and more complex system, so no additional hardware would be needed, they said.

The new system is designed to cut in half the amount of time an officer needs to issue a citation, allowing the officer to get back on the road more quickly to resume patrol, Chief Winkleman said. Right now, he said, officers have to spend time manually writing out citations, then have to spend time transporting the citations to the local magisterial district judge, where clerks also manually type the citation information into the system.

The new computer-generated traffic citations are printed on legal-size, thermal paper rather than carbon copy forms used in the past.

"It cuts paperwork and increases officer safety," Greenaway said. "For us, it's a no-brainer."

The electronic citation system is part of the state police TraCS project, which stands for Traffic and Criminal Software. As part of the project, state police earlier developed computerized crash reports that are submitted to PennDOT.

When a driver's license and registration information is entered into a patrol vehicle's computer, state and national databases are automatically checked to determine whether outstanding warrants exist for the driver or whether the vehicle has been reported stolen.

The driver's license and registration data from the records check can then be automatically inserted into the traffic citation form.

As an added efficiency, the system sends the citation information electronically through the Pennsylvania Justice Network, or JNET, to the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts, which relays it to magisterial district justices.

As it stands, the new system would tie into another software/hardware system that has existed in the county for several years.

That system, called CODY for short, includes laptops in police cruisers, and desktop computers in police offices throughout the county, in the district attorney's office and at the 911 Emergency Center - all with a much higher level of digital connectivity. The CODY system integrates a department's dispatch and records systems with mobile computers in police cruisers into one database.


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