ARC Network Police Program: New Grassroots Police Program for all Traffic Investigation and Reconstruction Teams
C Smith. ARC Network Police Program: New Grassroots Police Program for all Traffic Investigation and Reconstruction Teams. The Internet Journal of Rescue and Disaster Medicine. 2002 Volume 3 Number 2.
The largest traffic investigation and reconstruction web site has recently launched a police department program. In a bid to expand its reach and help local and state funded police agencies, the Accident Reconstruction Communications Network (The ARC Network - http://www.arcnetwork.org) has developed a successful Police Program to help ease budget strains within the nation's many law enforcement agencies responsible for accident investigation. If implemented nationally, the program is could save the country millions of dollars for the acquisition of specific vehicular statistical data necessary to accurately investigate and reconstruct traffic accidents.
The program, created to assist all traffic police units, has been reworked and field-tested during this last year. The data provided on the ARC Network has also been approved in courtroom litigation. Originally created for private practice accident reconstructionists, the ARC Network decided to show their own civic responsibility by providing the program to police departments at a fraction of the cost. With the added expense of the country's new Homeland Security priorities, the program has already proven to help ease budgetary challenges brought on by the September 11th attacks and has garnered high praise from accident investigators and accident reconstructionists from multiple state and local police departments.
“This new police program takes hard-to-find and expensive data and places it in an easy-to-use, web-based format. This simple point-and-click method of obtaining critical data, results in a tremendous timesavings and better user experience. Most importantly, it will save millions of dollars for police departments throughout the country” said Scott Baker, ARC Network Founder and President. “Our goal has always been to network the entire accident reconstruction/investigation industry by provided valuable research information and tools necessary to help all investigators and reconstructionists do their work more efficiently and effectively.”
The organization announced the police department program during their 2002 annual Crash Conference held in Seattle, Washington. The conference was a joint effort, held in conjunction with the
Why Create such a Program?
Through market research and economic evaluations, The ARC Network realized all police budgets across the country have been drastically reduced to accommodate for the added expenses related to National Security. The ARC Network program allows police departments to minimize the budgets related to accident investigation and reconstruction in both software and man-hours, without compromising the integrity of the data needed to accurately investigate and reconstruct vehicle accidents. This is critical in helping to maintain a functional, efficient investigation team. Program details can be found online by visiting http://www.arcnetwork.org/members/police.asp.
Who is eligible for the program?
Eligibility is open to any state, county or municipal law enforcement agency with the responsibility for roadway crash investigations within their jurisdiction. Most departments who are already using the program include MAIT, accident investigation units, traffic units, reconstruction teams and traffic homicide.
The ARC Network provides traffic investigation and reconstruction units online access to critical vehicle information, in particular
Online Vehicle Crush Stiffness Database Operations
The online database program and web interface were designed and tested with the help of multiple police and private practice users found through the company's online Expert Directory. These experts provided valuable input for data acquisition and display within the two online databases. Baker says, “The data used in the vehicle crush stiffness database comes directly from NHTSA crash testing. We simply use only the data needed to determine the A and B stiffness coefficients and run them through a web-based interface provided by Visual Statement, resulting in a much refined, to-the-point acquisition of the data needed. Instead of searching through crash reports and data sheets, The ARC Network provides the information in a quick and easy format, saving both time and money.”
Vehicle Data Acquisition
Acquiring information from the database is quite simple. The company utilizes a simple drill down method beginning with the year of the vehicle being searched, followed by the make, and then model requested. There are two main databases that make up the bulk of what traffic accident investigators would be using for their investigation needs.
The first is a
Assuming most accidents involve at least two vehicles, it is estimated that 2.2 million vehicles are involved in an accident annually. Assuming you only need to calculate speed from crush in 1 percent (1%) of your investigations, this crush database will be needed 22,000 times each year. If you were to purchase the data on a case-by case basis from a third party vendor, this information could cost our departments as much as $880,000 each year – for just the crush data.
The second online database being offered in this unique drill down format is for the acquisition of
Agencies Currently Using the Program
According to the ARC Network, the organization now has over 40% of the State Police agencies using the program and many county and local police departments are beginning to use the program as well. Some of the law enforcement agencies using the program include:
Upon receipt of the departmental application and purchase order, officers within that agency will have immediate and unlimited access to the vital information utilized every day by in their work as part of the agency's invaluable accident investigative team.
The ARC Networks exclusive cost savings feature of the ARC Network program is that there are
This successful program has been tested over the past eights months and has proven effective for use by all state, county, local traffic accident investigation and reconstruction units, and Major Accident Investigation Teams (MAIT) who chose to employ it. There is a free trial for those interested
ARC Network Education and Training Resources also Available
Both the ARC and CSI are instrumental in the continued education of the accident reconstruction community. According to Haight, “All accident reconstructionists are not created equally and may be completely up to speed with the most current training, tools and equipment. There are many organizations out there that provide this service including CSI and in order for an accident reconstructionist to maintain his or her higher level of competency, continuing education is a must.”
To assist in that effort, the ARC Network has forged various educational relationships with the Collision Safety Institute as well as such notable institutions of higher education as Northwestern University, Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM), the University of California Riverside, the Aviation Safety Network (serving the International Airline Industry), Texas A&M (TEEX), and the Pennsylvania Institute for Law Enforcement Education (ILEE), formally known as the Traffic Institute for Police Services (training over 5,000 U.S. police officers and military personal each year). Education resources also include twelve state-run and international organizations. All come highly recommend for the continued education of your accident reconstruction and police personnel.
About the ARC Network
A former accident Reconstructionist, Scott Baker founded the Arc Network organization in 1998. Mr. Baker was formally trained in accident reconstruction at Northwestern University and worked for a private company in San Diego, California as a collision analyst and expert witness. Mr. Baker decided to leave accident reconstruction and pursue a new business venture - an Internet shopping mall. Scott Baker successfully programmed one of the first Internet shopping malls on the Internet. After a couple years he chose to sell the business and get back to his roots in accident reconstruction. After a couple years of research and gaining experience by working for a Fortune 500 computer company, Scott launched the ARC Network.
The ARC Network is a professional organization for the Accident Reconstruction and Traffic Investigation Industry. The purpose of our organization is to provide our members and visitors of the web site a multitude of communication and research tools that aid in the efficiency and effectiveness of daily case requirements. It is the ARC Network's goal is to provide the best and most accurate information to everyone participating in this field. The ARC Network serves the following disciplines:
State and local Police Officers
The ARC Network web site serves as a “community” where accident reconstruction professionals can visit daily and research new and cutting-edge information to help educate them in their discipline. Equally important, we have designed the ARC Network to be as simple to use as possible. The ARC Network allows users to enter the Web site specifically designed for them and their industry and retrieve the information they want as quickly as possible.
A Few Of The Special Features Of The ARC Network Are
The ARC Network, http://www.arcnetwork.org, 11650 Iberia Place, Suite 201, San Diego, CA 92128, Tel: 858-618-1085 Fax: (858) 618-1088 email: firstname.lastname@example.org