No... It's not the result of some particularly spicy food - it's an accurate description of APD's attempt to go paperless. Copperfire is a computer based report generation system acquired by APD as a companion to their Computer Aided Dispatch system Tiburon implemented almost two years ago. If you'll remember, Tiburon's implementation went shall we say... less than smoothly mainly because APD's IT geniuses failed to read the specs.
In any case, Copperfire is designed to streamline police reports by allowing officers to create electronic reports in the field, no pens, no paper, no problem. Not quite.
Since its implementation last year the system has been nothing but trouble for officers and supervisors. Report approval has become cumbersome, both reports and evidence are being lost in the system and the records department is some 22,000 entries behind.
The problem is that if APD can't match reports with evidence like DWI breath cards and witness statements cases are simply dismissed.
Paperless reporting isn't a bad idea but like implementing any new technology it's important for the implementers to fully understand the requirements of the new technology. Tiburon's CAD system's implementation was a disaster because APD didn't have the required bandwidth. With Copperfire our Eyes tell us that the records department doesn't have the necessary staff and data entry takes 10 times as long as the previous system. In addition to all the other problems, our Eyes tell us that 229 reports have simply disappeared.
Look... Technology is a wonderful thing, but if poorly implemented it can cause more problems than it solves. It appears that is the case with Copperfire, a system our Eyes tell us is no longer sold by Tiburon and has apparently earned its new nickname - Crapperfire.