ISYS product:ISYS product: ISYS:desktop
Organization: Miami Dade Police Department
Benefit: Making fast and accurate conclusions to solve
Industry: Law Enforcement
Data indexed: 50 years of historical data in 43,000+ files
Document types: Word documents, spreadsheets and databases
Available on: Local Area Network
Used ISYS since: 2002
Miami Dade Police Department
Police Sergeant Gary Smith and the Homicide Bureau
at the Miami Dade Police use several tools to refine their investigation
process, including DNA, fingerprints and ISYS software. Sergeant Smith
describes how ISYS helped the Department crack an unsolved murder.
A company that customized corporate
jets won a major contract that involved working with new equipment,
which required extra training. Four people were selected for the training,
who would car-pool twice a week to Fort Lauderdale. One day, the four
were returning from training when gunshots were fired through the roof
and sides of the car. Three in the car were injured and one died on
the scene. Sergeant Smith and his team began investigations.
A search returned a shotgun with a ground-off
serial number. Eventually the serial number was raised and the registered
owner traced - Gerardo Manso. Manso was an employee of the same company
as the victims, but he had not been selected for extra training. He
had positioned himself on the roof with a shotgun and when the four
returned from training he opened fire on the car.
After hours of interrogation, Manso
confessed to the homicide. Coincidentally, ISYS had come online at the
Bureau for the first time. The first name Sergeant Smith entered into
ISYS, Gerardo Manso, appeared in another report.
This case involved a drive-by shooting.
The victim worked in a grocery store and was rumored to be having an
affair with another employee - Manso's wife. When interviewed, Manso's
wife denied the affair and mentioned her husband's name. This was recorded
in the report, but because the affair was denied, the investigators
were unable to find a motive or a suspect.
When confronted with this murder, Manso
also confessed to the previous crime and was booked. "Without ISYS,
this information would never have been accessed. Manso's name would
never have been entered in the restricted fields of the database we
were using, and the case would never have been solved," says Sergeant
The Homicide Bureau has records
dating all the way back to the 1950's and currently indexes over 43,000
documents. "We use ISYS to search everything we do," says
Sergeant Smith. "ISYS plays just as big a part as DNA, ballistics,
fingerprints, video cameras, hidden cameras and other forensic tools
in solving cases."