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Technology-- we know it makes our day to day lives easier, but you might not realize how much it also helps those who keep us safe. Law enforcement is being revolutionized by technology. News 3 sat down with Demery Bishop, Executive Director of Crimestoppers, to talk about the use of technology. Crimestoppers is essentially a clearing house for information. Bishop explains technology has not only changed the way information gets to them - it's changed what they're able to do with it.

Demery Bishop began working for Crimestoppers - fourteen years ago and says a lot has changed since then, "When I started in Crimestoppers back in '99 - we ran this operation basically out of a 3x5 index card box - I mean that's how it had been run - so someone would call and we'd have to numerically - they'd have a code number - and we'd have to go through numerically from one to 5,000 and find it and then go - it was go pull that hard copy report and you know - now we don't even do paper."

Everything is computerized - from the tips that come in - to the way the information is used. Bishop explains, "Everythings' on Tipsoft - I mean I can go to the tips - I can go to all recipients. I can go to the neighborhood maps. I can go to any offense types - I can go to any watch list we've posted - whatever it is - and I can ship that out or I can get the information and I can bring it together." Bring it together in a variety of ways - from geo-mapping..."We'll put a tip in now - and when I put it in on lets say 135 Yaccamaw street - hypothetically - when I enter that - it's gonna give me every other tip near or in the close proximity of 135 Yaccamaw Street," says Bishop. It then gives authorities a sort of snapshot of what may be going on in a particular neighborhood. Geo-profiling can give them some leads on who might be responsible says Bishop, "You can take all the information and start entering it into a database and it resolves similarities and likes and gives investigators leads on potential individuals - individuals who are suspects potentially - who've been involved in that particular type of crime."

Crimestoppers then shares that analysis with the agencies they work with - like Metro, CNT and the Savannah Area Regional Intelligence Center. Those agencies can use it to begin or further investigations.

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