TAAP, the mobile applications company, is providing a solution to the probation service that shall help reduce the cost of administering and recording offender hours worked within the community.
A supervisor who works in the field with offenders is provided with a mobile device that will be used to record attendance and attendance hours. This will eliminate paper and allow data collected in the field to be imported electronically into the probation service systems without having to re-key the information from paper records, as it is today.
The project, which required approval by the Ministry of Justice because of the sensitive nature of the data being handled, will begin in trial format in the next 4-5 weeks.
The TAAP offender monitoring system allows each supervisor to receive a pre-defined list of offenders diarised for work on that day. The supervisor records who attended, and for those people that were there, the hours they attended plus their attitude and general behaviour. Notifications of ‘no shows’ enable compliance officers to immediately process non-attendance letters, something which is currently dependent on the speed of paper processing.
The time that the supervisor would have spent travelling around collecting and depositing offender records will be eliminated. The records are processed in real time via a secure cellular network directly from the mobile device. Depending upon the areas being serviced, it could provide further time and efficiency savings in fuel costs.
Furthermore, data entry staff will be able to save significant time and effort, as well as benefitting from the improved accuracy of not having to re-key the information from a paper form.
The savings in time, cost and data accuracy could be considerable. For example, monitoring 220,000 offenders would generate 220,000 attendance records, assuming they attend just once. However, assuming they are required to attend 4 or 5 times, this alone creates between 880k and 1.1M attendance records, aside from the associated costs of printing and re-keying all this data which is then added to the supervisors’ time and fuel costs.
TAAP’s Field Force technology provides a robust solution to help local government organisations to streamline inefficient paper processes, whilst improving efficiency and data security.
Steve Higgon, Founder of TAAP commented :
“We were happy to be approached to deliver against this requirement. We have designed our TAAP FieldForce technology to help allow our clients to make a big difference to their direct and indirect costs. Our clients have achieved tremendous cost and efficiency savings, some directly, and others indirectly as a result of more effective and efficient working practices. Simply removing paper is an important step, and combining that with sensible changes to working practices to leverage the technology means organisations can achieve significantly more.”
He added “To help the probation service and Local Government make significant cost savings is something we are proud to help with, especially in these austere times.”
For more details about TAAP’s offender monitoring system or any other Local Government projects that TAAP might be able to help and assist with, please contact email@example.com
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