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AUTOMATED REPORT SYSTEM GIVES POLICE MORE TIME TO FIGHT CRIME

 AUTOMATED REPORT SYSTEM GIVES POLICE MORE TIME TO FIGHT CRIME
 ST. LOUIS, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Electric Corporation (NYSE: WX), together with the St. Louis County Police Department, has introduced a new software product designed to significantly increase the efficiency of law enforcement operations, thus improving the availability of services to the public.
 Developed by the St. Louis County Police Department and enhanced by Westinghouse, the Computer Assisted Report Entry (CARE) system is designed to reduce the time police officers spend writing reports, thereby increasing their time on patrol. Exclusively distributed by Westinghouse, CARE will be fully compliant with National Crime Information Center 2000 local agency interface requirements.
 "We recognize the importance of keeping police officers in the field, not at their desks," said Bill Hudson, manager of the Baltimore- based Westinghouse Law Enforcement Systems department. "CARE was developed by police officers for police officers -- we have simply enhanced the product and will customize it to meet the needs of individual departments."
 St. Louis County Police Chief Ronald A. Battelle added: "We realized we had something that most police departments would like to have, and we are excited that Westinghouse is making CARE available to agencies across the country. Westinghouse has the right combination of technical resources to enhance CARE and to support fielded systems."
 CARE is a revolutionary police report preparation and processing system. It allows patrol officers to complete an incident report over the phone from the scene of a crime with the assistance of a trained CARE operator, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The operator prompts officers for information and enters all of the essential elements into a computer while they are still on the phone, eliminating handwritten reports and manual processing.
 "A CARE-generated report takes about three to nine minutes, versus 20 to 30 minutes for a typical handwritten report," said Chief Battelle. "The system also offers quick access to data in the reports for investigative and management purposes. The bottom line is increased productivity and better protection for the public, since officers can spend more time fighting crime instead of writing about it."
 And because the report information is immediately available, follow- up investigations can be conducted much sooner than before. All CARE information is stored in a data base, which reduces report storage space and makes retrieval easy.
 Westinghouse entered the law enforcement systems business two years ago as part of its effort to create new applications for advanced technologies developed for the Department of Defense. Some of the company's existing and planned products in this field include a high- tech electronics package for police vehicles, a unique and relatively low-cost surveillance and interdiction aircraft, and an illicit substance detector capable of sensing minute traces of illegal drugs or explosives.
 "Westinghouse has built an impressive reputation in software systems defense and air traffic control systems," said Hudson. "That expertise coupled with the industry knowledge provided by the St. Louis County Police Department, has resulted in a significant new product in the fight against crime."
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 /CONTACT: Bryan G. Wiggins of Westinghouse, 410-993-6320/
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