Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Wins International Award for eCharging

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Custom software application by Intertech for Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lauded for increasing efficiency and reducing costs of filing criminal complaints.

eCharging will save Carver County $517,000 over the next five years.

eCharging, a custom application designed by Minnesota-based Intertech for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), has been awarded an IACP/iXP Excellence in Technology Award. The international award will be presented to the BCA during the 2011 Law Enforcement Information Management conference to be held June 13-15 in San Diego.

Expected to save Carver County more than $517,000 during the first five years of its use, eCharging is a web-based system that allows officials to electronically sign off on complaints, set up a profile showing their credentials and track the complaints in the approval process. The Minnesota Supreme Court temporarily approved acceptance of electronic signatures as a way to approve complaints from county attorneys and judicial offices. The temporary implementation ended in July 2010 when the Minnesota Supreme Court approved its adoption by any county in the state.

Today, 20 counties in Minnesota use eCharging for criminal complaints, while other Minnesota counties also use the software for citations, incident referrals and DWI administration forms. Intertech further honed the system based on BCA requirements; it now only requires notary publics to enter their notary identifier and expiration date into the system, speeding the entire criminal complaint charging process and allowing law enforcement officers to focus on other priorities. Intertech plans to work with other states to develop similar applications.

eCharging also will be highlighted at the 2011 Traffic Records Forum – the largest conference of its kind in the world -- in Charlotte, NC this summer. The State of Minnesota will be showcasing eCharging on a national stage and it will be recognized for leading the nation in criminal justice application integration.

The IACP/iXP Excellence in Technology Award Program recognizes law enforcement agencies’ superior achievement and innovation in the field of communication and information technology. This international award program is designed to recognize exceptional, innovative, and extraordinary achievement in law enforcement technology-based programs, efforts, or initiatives that benefit law enforcement as a profession.

Founded in 1991 by local entrepreneur Tom Salonek, Intertech, Inc. has grown from a one-person shop to the largest combined software developer training company and research-supported consulting firm in Minnesota. Intertech designs and develops software solutions that power Fortune 500 businesses, mid-sized companies and state government.

Streamlining difficult processes using technology is one of Intertech's specialties. The company has worked on a variety of complex and high-profile projects, from developing one of the first educator licensing systems in the nation for the Minnesota Department of Education grant-tracking system for the Minnesota Department of Health to rewriting AgriBank's internal banking software.

Intertech also works with major organizations such as NASA, Wells Fargo, Lockheed Martin, Medtronic, Microsoft and Intel helping their IT professionals to learn and use technology. Intertech technology training classes can be taken virtually through the company’s state-of-the-art virtual training facilities or on-site at its headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Intertech is a Microsoft Gold Partner, a Microsoft Inner Circle member, a five-time winner of the Best Places to Work in Minnesota, a finalist in the Wall Street Journal’s Winning Workplaces award, a multi-year winner of the Inc. 500 and the Inc. 5000 awards for company growth, a winner of the Forbes ASAP growth award, and a winner of the Minnesota Fast 50 growth award. Intertech has been featured in Inc., Forbes, Upsize, the Star Tribune, the Business Journal, the Pioneer Press, the Hudson Star-Observer, Minnesota Business, and Twin Cities Business. Intertech CEO Tom Salonek and many of the company’s senior consultants are respected thought leaders and can be found on iTunes podcasts, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr and Buzz. The company also sponsors a leading industry blog with thousands of RSS subscribers.

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