Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department wields innovation to fight fraud and inefficiency.

Published on 20 Feb 2006

Protecting the public and ensuring the safety of our citizens is our top priority. IBM’s digital video surveillance solution will help enhance our ability to fight crime, while providing our deputies with a tool to improve training and reduce costs.

– Tom Jenkins, Commander, Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department

Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department (SBSD)


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United States


Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department (SBSD) had to find a way to balance rising law enforcement demands and increasingly tight budgets–all the while keeping the public safe.

Business need
SBSD needed to transform the way it gathered and managed crime and incident-related data to get more out of its scarce resources and to protect itself from legal vulnerabilities.

SBSD engaged IBM to build a highly innovative crime data management system whose automation, flexibility and security provide a quantum leap in effectiveness while providing a solid deterrent to fraudulent legal actions.

• Projected 90% reduction in legal fees and 40% reduction in time officers spend in court • Avoidance of millions of dollars in potential settlements through secure, tamper-proof evidence management


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Tivoli Storage Manager for System Backup and Recovery

IBM Global Services, GTS Integrated Technology Services

Govt: Public Safety and Security, Business Performance Transformation, Digital Media, Enterprise Content Management

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