When a high-speed chase on an interstate highway in Alpharetta, Ga., resulted in the arrest of a suspect with seven felony \n\nwarrants, residents credited the work of a fast-acting police officer. Little did they know that a mild-mannered CIO was also \n\nto thank for nabbing the dangerous offender.\n\n\nMore on CIO.com\nChicago Police Department Uses IT to Fight Crime, Wins Grand CIO Enterprise Value Award 2004\n\nMeet John Albers, CIO at Ronald Blue, a financial management firm with approximately $5 billion in investment assets. As CIO, \n\nAlbers and his team ensure around-the-clock IT security, network operations, software development and media and project \n\nmanagement. But that hasn't stopped this volunteer firefighter from helping the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety (ADPS) roll out an \n\narsenal of innovative crime-fighting tools.\n\n"I've always had a knack for technology, but it's in my blood to serve other people and give back," says Albers. In 2006, he \n\ncombined these passions by helping launch the Alpharetta Public Safety \n\nFoundation (APSF), a nonprofit group to raise funds, create programs and offer technical assistance to improve public \n\nsafety. \n\nAlbers and the APSF have spearheaded several high-tech projects including the Mobile Plate Hunter 100, which nabbed the \n\ninterstate-fleeing suspect. The MPH 100 is a $25,000 computer imaging system with infrared cameras that are mounted on a \n\npolice car. The portable unit captures 1,500 license plates per minute and cross-references them against five national law \n\nenforcement databases. If there's a match\u2014red flags range from stolen vehicles to suspended drivers licenses\u2014the \n\nsystem notifies the police officer. Only after Albers and other foundation members personally evaluated and tested the device \n\ndid the APSF purchase it on behalf of the ADPS. He still assists and troubleshoots any network challenges that arise from \n\ndaily updates to the system's database. \n\nAlbers also lent his IT expertise to the creation of Alpharetta's 911-Command and Control Center. The center grants emergency \n\npersonnel access via a virtual private network to city security cameras. Albers installed and integrated a string of the \n\ndigital cameras so law enforcement officials can better plan and execute emergency operations. "John's expertise in the IT \n\nfield has been a tremendous help," says George Gordon, executive officer of public information at ADPS.\n\nYou'd think a financial services CIO would have his fill of putting out fires. But not Albers. "I'll do whatever it takes and \n\nwhatever my day dictates," he says. "Whether it's being a fireman, a CIO or a crime fighter."