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LETS: Law Enforcement Technology Solutions:
The genesis of LETS emerged out of the ashes of the civil unrest in Los Angeles in April/May 1992. Afforded an opportunity to assist law enforcement in filling technology shortages, founder Dave Jenest, a veteran public safety marketing agent, came face to face with an urgent task. Officers needed portable computers to access and distribute information in a crisis, use off the shelf software and hardware and find cost effective solutions without reinventing the wheel. Eight weeks later, a technology conference was born that would share resources with police nationwide and grow in the years to follow.
Service Organization Mission:
Chartered as a non-profit association, the group provides this service without cost to public agencies. Expenses are reduced to a minimum by using the same technology it promotes. Manufacturers and service providers supported the concept with state-of-the-art demo equipment, allowing budget strapped agencies to "try-before-we-buy" and still have the flexibility of open vendor selection and variety. The applications that LETS has reviewed, tested or helped develop continue to prompt inquiries via the Internet and International Association of Chiefs of Police Net. The Law Enforcement Information Bureau, the publishing arm of LETS responds to these inquiries, maintains a technology database and promotes technology funding. It also tracks Crime Bill funding to US police.
The LETS offspring: NCNAC and Community Watch:
In working with hundreds of agencies around the globe, new demands spawn creative ideas. In the process, project planners share what their agencies are doing to meet community needs as well as the department's. We learn from each and apply that knowledge to local needs.
To meet specific concerns of California officers and citizens, California Criminal Justice Resource Center was introduced at the Government Technology Conference here in Sacramento last year. CCJRC took wireless technology to the street. We were first to use CDPD cellular linkage to the Internet as a way to upload reports to police. In the process, Community Watch was born. It became the test platform for Bike Patrol and our own Neighborhood Crime and Nuisance Abatement Center.
FUNDING and FUND-RAISING POLICY:
LETS was recorded as a Non-profit, Unincorporated Association with the Sacramento County Clerk on June 17, 1994.(File No. 94-05248) It does not have federal tax exempt status under IRS Section 501(c)(3) but does operate as an unincorporated not-for-profit organization as defined by the California Revenue and Taxation Code.
Up until 1998 approximately 25% of the cost of local projects (NCNAC and Community Watch) has come from Sacramento businesses and individuals. In 1997, these revenues amounted to approximately $1200. LETS funds the balance from its private revenues. Other than occasional contract temporary clerical and technical support, CCW's Director and staff receive no salaries. For each dollar from the community, LETS contributed about $4.50 toward operating and project expenses. No funds are received from tax supported governmental entities.
LETS, NCNAC, Community Watch and Patriot Watch avoids professional fund-raisers. 100% of the revenues from the private sector goes to projects in work. We invite all potential advertisers or contributors to tour the Center to see where our efforts are directed. In-Kind services are welcome in trade for advertising.
While LETS doesn't generally accept donations for it's activities and support of Community Watch and Patriotwatch, we do accept advertising contributions. The exception is special projects to support youth, veterans, our troops and their families. In this cases, crafts and products may be offered to offset costs of specific projects. No services are rendered or implied to be provided to the contributors in exchange for donations. Community Watch and Graffiti Watch activities are provided by a volunteer organization not engaged in private security patrols and is not a state licensed private patrol operator or security service. Volunteer watch activities are for the community as a whole and intended to improve the quality of life and public safety in our city. This policy and disclaimer has been reviewed and approved by Sacramento Police Department, the Office of the Sacramento City Attorney and found to be in compliance with local ordinances.
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Crimewatch Community Patrol volunteers log on with Sacramento Police Department's Communication Center at the beginning of each Thursday through Sunday 10:00 PM shift and log off at 3:00 AM. Our mission is to be a resource to Patrol Officers without hindering their duties in any way. We OBSERVE, RECORD and REPORT only.
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