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News: Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 13, 2016 - Contact Lisa E. Kinney, (804) 674-3275

Department of Corrections Receives Governorís Tech Award

App Brings Robust Reporting System to Statewide K-9 Program

RICHMOND Ė The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) has received a statewide technology award for developing a robust reporting application designed to improve the agencyís K-9 operations.

VADOCís DINGO (Dog Information Governance & Operations) application was one of 17 award winners announced Wednesday by Governor Terry McAuliffe. The winners of the annual Governorís Technology Awards were honored at a special ceremony at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) in Richmond.

COVITS awards are designed to recognize improved government services delivery and efficiency. Members of VADOCĎs Corrections Technology Services Unit (CTSU) developed DINGO to help manage the Departmentís statewide K-9 program, which includes more than 100 officers and 200 canines.

DINGO, a web-based custom solution built on the Microsoft .NET and SQL Server platform, replaced the K-9 programís sometimes unwieldy, paper-based management system in July. DINGO produces quick searches and allows users to compile critical information such as training performance, certifications, and medical information. Work began on DINGO in May 2014.

"I am honored to work with this team," said VADOCís Chief Information Officer Rick Davis. 'Each of them works hard each day employing technology expertise and dedication to improve public safety. We are thrilled to be getting inquiries from other states regarding how they might be able to use this system."

The award is CTSUís third COVITS Award in the past seven years. In 2012, VADOCís CTSU won the Governorís Award for Teamwork.

More information on the VADOC can be found at www.vadoc.virginia.gov.