FW Police Honor Computer Sciences Team

Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Fort Wayne Police Department recently honored professors and students in Indiana Tech’s School of Computer Sciences with a Citizen’s Citation for work on the police department’s Emergency Services Communications (ES-COM) system.

Associate Dean Gary Messick and Associate Professor Julie Mansfield first met with members of the FWPD’s Critical Response Team in March 2006 to explore ways to document timelines of hostage crisis incidents. Over the past four years, Messick and Mansfield have helped create the current ES-COM system, which can fully integrate multiple police teams and teams from other agencies.

“There are few, if any, agencies nationwide that had successfully developed these capabilities,” Lt. Kevin Hunter wrote in the award nomination.

Students Nicholas Roethemeier and Gustave Walzer worked with Messick and Mansfield from the beginning of the project and donated hundreds of hours of technical support.

“Their skill, advice and generosity have proven invaluable to this project,” Hunter wrote. “Because of their hard work and continued effort, I would like to commend these citizens for shaping the ES-COM project and thus truly making Fort Wayne a safer place for police and citizens alike.”

Roethemeier graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications. Walzer graduated this year with a bachelor’s degree in networking.
Indiana Tech students working as interns with the FWPD are continuing development of the ES-COM system.

“Fort Wayne is fortunate to have a police department that aggressively seeks ways to improve the effectiveness and safety of their emergency services,” Messick said.


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