by Alexander H
As technology becomes more advanced, it is necessary to enhance and improve databases in order to maximize efficiency. Rick Maze, an author at the Army Times, wrote an article explaining the changes that a database is undergoing in order to improve its usability. The Department of Justice is planning to deploy a special database this summer that is aimed at sexual assault prevention. The Sexual Assault Database Management System, or SADMS, has been in the making for years and is nearing its final stages. This database will contain the names of victims and alleged offenders, the nature of the assaults, and the outcomes of any legal action.
In prior years, the method of recording evidence and testimonies were handled on an individual basis between the Defense Departments. Although effective in recording data, it was difficult to share the evidence with other departments due to the lack of consistency in the reporting. This new database seeks to eliminate this issue and create the process of reporting evidence more streamlined and consistent. Having everyone record crimes in the same manner allows the service to compare “which may be more successful with sexual assault prevention programs”(Maze).
In relation to the class, the importance of enhancing legacy systems and knowing when to scrap the plans and start fresh is crucial. In 2008, a sexual assault database was also utilized, however, it had many issues such as the lack of uniformity. The constant build and rebuild is the norm in database management and this trait of the trade will always be relevant.
I think the database will be extremely beneficial to preventing sexual assaults. Having the service more uniform and allowing the information to be accessed by specific personnel at all levels of the Department of Justice will allow consistent methods of handling situations. However, I know the concept of stored personal information will not sit well with many, especially victims since the records will have detailed descriptions about their assaults. Ultimately, the goal in mind is to save lives from abuse and I think privacy should be a minor issue considering the information can save another life.
Maze , R. (2012, April 10). Army times. Retrieved from http://www.armytimes.com/news/2012/04/military-pentagon-plans-sexual-assault-crime-database-041012w/