COPLINK, a crime-fighting computer database developed by Hsinchun Chen, professor of management information services at the University of Arizona's Eller College of Business and Public Administration, won recognition, along with the City of Tucson, from the Public Technology, Inc., (PTI) Technology Solutions Awards.
PTI, based in Washington, D.C., is a national non-profit technology research and development organization for local governments. The Technology Solutions Awards recognize local governments across the nation for the use of innovative technologies to increase revenues, improve service to the community, save tax dollars, or improve management.
The COPLINK initiative won in the Public Safety category for mid-sized cities. COPLINK has been called the "Google for law enforcement," and is credited with helping investigators solve numerous crimes. The system is also being installed in Phoenix, Texas, Michigan, Massachusetts and Iowa, and has caught the interest of the newly-formed Department of Homeland Security.