2013 Winner Profile

Leon County (Fla.) Board of County Commissioners

Project Description:
To boost its crime-fighting powers, the Leon County Board of County Commissioners formed The North Florida Pawn Shop Network (NFPN), a unique collaboration of law-enforcement agencies and private businesses that uses a cloud-based application to manage local pawn shop transactions and identify stolen property in a 95 percent paperless system. The Oracle Forms/Database web application, which runs on an IBM RS6000 AIX mid-ranger server, connects county, city, state and national systems to track the activities of hundreds of private pawn shops. Rather than physically pick up paper transaction reports from individual pawn shops, the network lets shop owners email an encrypted file of its transaction data to local law-enforcement agencies, which is then uploaded into the NFPN's central, cloud-based data warehouse for agencies in the southeastern U.S. to review. By comparing this data with stolen property reports, the NFPN has flagged over 3,000 automatic matches, the majority of which would never have been discovered if not for this system.
Project type:
Cloud Computing Services or Software as a Service (SaaS), Customer Service or Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Business Functions:
Product Development, Customer Service or Support
Business Goal:
Social Impact
Patricia Curtis, MIS Director
Vincent Long, County Administrator
Tallahassee, Fla.
Government: State or Local (including Law Enforcement)
Revenue (2012):
$223 million
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