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BCA selects new breath test instrument vendor

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has entered into a contract to purchase a new fleet of breath testing instruments for use by Minnesota criminal justice agencies.

National Patent Analytical Systems (NPAS) of Mansfield, Ohio, will provide its Datamaster DMT breath testing instrument. These new instruments will allow near real time monitoring of fleet performance and allow for maintenance of instruments from a central remote location. Data gathered by the instruments will automatically populate eCharging DWI forms which then go directly to Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division (DVS). Pairing this instrument with eCharging will lead to a more efficient legal process for those driving under the influence of alcohol in Minnesota.

The transition to a new instrument is part of the BCA's instrument replacement schedule. The eCharging compatibility is part of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety's larger Model Impaired Driving Records Information System.

The BCA will receive eight instruments for in-house validation and for factory training of BCA staff. The BCA will then train all breath test instrument operators at criminal justice agencies across Minnesota. That training and the transition to the new instruments is expected to begin this fall.

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