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Police Check System

Waterloo-based digital solutions company accepts prestigious Distinction Award Medal on behalf of Calgary Police Service

Electronic Police Information Check (ePIC) web application recognized for Excellence in Collaboration

Waterloo – eSolutionsGroup attended the annual Distinction Awards Gala this week to accept the highly respected Distinction Award Medal for Excellence in Collaboration on behalf of Calgary Police Service. Calgary Police Service received this national award in recognition of their ePIC project – an electronic Police Information Check system, developed in partnership with eSolutionsGroup.

“The process in place for police checks was inefficient,” said Amanda Welfare, Police Business Operations Section Manager of Calgary Police Service. “[ePIC] enables applicants to share their results with multiple stakeholders, allowing less time delays, reduced associated costs, and the potential to expedite placement for potential employees, volunteers or students.”

GTEC, an internationally recognized platform supporting Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leadership and innovation in Canada’s public sector, held their annual Distinction Awards Gala this week at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. GTEC’s Distinction Awards program recognizes and celebrates Canada’s best and most innovative government technology.

Calgary Police Service, Police Information Check Unit of the Information, Community and Technology Section and 12 other award recipients were recognized this year for projects that address issues of citizenship and immigration, education and public safety. The award-winning initiatives offer solutions that increase the productivity and impact of public service, ICT management and service delivery.

A first-of-its-kind in Canada, the ePIC system integrates and connects a number of different participants and information in a seamless, user-friendly manner. ePIC simplifies the Police Information Check process and the system’s functionality is a clear reflection of the same collaboration it took to create it.

The ePIC project grew out of a need for more efficient and faster Police Information Checks for Volunteer Calgary. The end result is a paperless system that makes the process easier for both citizens and administrators.

“We developed ePIC to simplify Police Information Checks for citizens, police administration and organizations like Volunteer Alberta, whose clients rely on volunteers,” explained Karen Mayfield, President of eSolutionsGroup, who was chosen to accept the Distinction Award on behalf of Calgary Police Service. “Citizens can apply anytime from anywhere and share their approved ePIC with organizations immediately. This helps organizations hire volunteers, employees and students more quickly.”

In addition to working with eSolutionsGroup to develop ePIC, Calgary Police Service collaborated with stakeholders from the public sector, the private sector, non-for-profit organizations, the municipality, the police sector and internal IT groups. Despite their specific goals and ambitions for the project, each of these groups committed to working together to produce such a large-scale project.

“It is important to acknowledge the commitment of each group involved in the project,” said Tim Vogelsang, Principal at eSolutionsGroup. “Bringing together all the necessary parts for this project to be successful depended on the determination and full commitment of everyone involved.”

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