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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
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(515) 725-6189 - office

DCI Launches Web Application for Local Attorneys, Law Enforcement Working OWI Cases

Ankeny, IOWA --- The state crime lab of the Division of Criminal Investigation is launching a new web application that will enable attorneys, law enforcement and members of the public to monitor activity related to drunken driving and public intoxication in communities across Iowa.

Visit https://breathalcohol.iowa.gov/ to view the newly created web site and application.

The web site tracks and publishes the results of breath alcohol tests related to specific investigations.  These tests are administered by local law enforcement when encountering an individual who may be in violation of one of Iowa’s laws regarding use and abuse of alcohol.  Then, the results of the test are transmitted to the breath alcohol web site for public review.

The web site also enables visitors to check records related to the testing and certification of breath alcohol instruments, training status for particular officers, and statistics related to testing state-wide and locally.

Crime Laboratory Administrator Bruce Reeve says the web site helps DCI maintain transparency, “The goal of the project is to provide free electronic access to information that is commonly requested by many different people.  It’s important to protect the local investigations.  But it’s equally important to provide easy access to information that is considered public record.”

The successful creation and deployment of the breath alcohol web site was completed through the cooperative efforts of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Crime Laboratory, IowAccess, Iowa Interactive, and the Department of Public Safety’s Technology Services Bureau.

For questions, please contact Jim Bleskacek at 515-725-1500.

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