There are two distinct configurations to accommodate the varying levels of technology
available to law enforcement agencies around the state.
The Client Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) configuration is intended for agencies which
allow their officers to create and finalize reports from their patrol cars. Officers
can use a laptop computer to complete and submit accident reports directly from
their patrol car to their agency via intranet/internet access. To facilitate this
process, the LACRASH software has a built in messaging system allowing officers
to submit reports directly to their supervisors for approval before submission to
the state as required by law.
The Client configuration is more suited for agencies that do not allow or do not
have the resources to allow officers to complete reports from their patrol cars.
In this configuration, the officer completes a paper version of the uniform motor
vehicle traffic crash report form. A data entry user can then transcribe the information
into LACRASH using a desktop computer and an electronic version of the crash report
is then submitted directly to the state as required by law.
Regardless of the configuration, once the report has been finalized a clerk can
then retrieve reports using the LACRASH application to print and sell to the public