SAVE THE DATE for the OpenFox® Training and Implementation Meeting (formerly called the CPI Users Group)

SAVE THE DATE for the OpenFox® Training and Implementation Meeting (formerly called the CPI Users Group)

Meeting Date: September 26th & 27 th, 2018

Travel Days: September 25th & 28th, 2018


3003 Corporate W Dr, Lisle, IL 60532 

Details to follow at a later date.

Rhode Island Attorney General Pistol Permit Printing

Rhode Island Attorney General Pistol Permit Printing

On February 17th, 2017 Computer Projects of Illinois (CPI) successfully implemented Rhode Island Attorney General Pistol Permit Printing.  The new functionality, provided by CPI, provides a method to automate the printing of the Concealed Handgun Permit ID Card. The OpenFox® Criminal History Application (CHA) system has automated the applicable printing functions to produce the pistol permit ID card. Implemented in 2016, CPI’s Criminal History Application enables the State of Rhode Island to perform reliable background checks while utilizing additional functionality to print and issue Concealed Handgun Permit Cards to authorized citizens.

riagRhode Island Attorney General Chief of BCI Investigations, William Karalis states, “Our prior process was mostly manual – however with the new concealed carry gun permit processing we generate professional driver’s license type concealed carry gun permits and store the applicants photo, signature and thumb print – this makes reprinting lost or stolen cards as easy as point and click”.

The Background checklist is an electronic form that is integrated in the OpenFox® CHA application. The OpenFox® Messenger workstation application spawns multiple queries on the individual to FBI/National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the National Law Enforcement Telecommunication’s System (NLETS), as well as Wanted/Missing Person files, Driver License, and Criminal History information. The responses are returned to the OpenFox® application, aggregated, and made available to Rhode Island Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) staff for review.

The automated functionality is able to generate a Pistol Permit ID Card containing the person's ID info, photo, finger print, and signature. Next, the application gathers and creates information in a file that is sent to a card printer. When the new radio button is selected within the “Pistol Permit Tab,” a new pop-up displays the client identification information. The reviewer then imports the signature, finger print, and photo from connected devices to populate the ID card display.

Once all information is gathered, and displayed as seen here, the user is ready to review and print the permit card. All necessary data (signature, finger print, and photo) captured is retained and stored in the CHA Database.

 “With the new concealed carry gun permit functionality we have increased processing speed and developed an easy to follow audit trail of all activity associated with a concealed carry gun permit”. – William Karalis


About Computer Projects of Illinois, Inc.

Computer Projects of Illinois, Inc. (CPI), with its headquarters in Bolingbrook, IL, is the proven leading provider of information sharing software systems that safeguard the public and the officers sworn to protect it. CPI is unique in its core focus on the law enforcement and criminal justice community as exemplified by the fact that the company services over one half of the law enforcement users within the United States. 

CPI is a product and services company, developing exceptional products and providing acclaimed customer support. CPI is proud of the relationship we have with our clients, many going back over 30 years. The longevity of our client base is important to us and we feel this is indicative of the extremely high level of satisfaction our clients have with our products and support.  The OpenFox® Message Switching system, our core product, is the most popular system of its kind with successful installations in 31 States, seven Federal agencies and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

To find out more about what Computer Projects of Illinois (CPI) can provide for your law enforcement/criminal justice initiatives, check out our website or contact:

Marc J. Smith
National Sales Manager
(630) 754-8820 x149
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Dates set For 2017 CPI Users Group Conference

Dates for 2017 CPI User Group Conference have been set. 

Details will be sent out as they become available.



3003 Corporate W Dr, Lisle, IL 60532

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 (travel day & evening Welcome Reception)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 General Session and off-site evening event

Thursday, September 28, 2017 General Session and Closing Reception Banquet

September 29, 2017 check-out and return travel day


Robert (Bob) Legan Retires from CPI

Bob’s Retirement

Robert (Bob) Legan, Senior System Architect was one of the original employees when CPI (Computer Projects of Illinois, Inc.) was founded in January of 1989. Bob’s retirement is effective as of June 30th, 2016. Throughout his career, Bob has been instrumental in the success of the organization having primary responsibility for the development and maintenance of the core OpenFox® Message Switching System components as well as providing a similar role for the original FOX V software.

Bob was especially conscious of two guiding principles related to software; reliability and speed. Bob spent his entire time and efforts with CPI ensuring that the system components were reliable and timely thus providing the platform necessary to help protect the officer on the street and by extension the general public. Bob’s most notable accomplishments were the creation of caching for the queue file in the FOX V system allowing CPI to implement large systems with millions of message transactions. In addition, Bob was responsible for the general redesign, porting and conversion to form the OpenFox® Message Switching core components. Bob also implemented numerous enhancements to the system based upon company direction, specific customer requirements or requests originating from the OpenFox® User Group.

At some point Bob and his wife Mary Elaine will be relocating to sunny California where they will be nearer to family. All of us at CPI wish both he and his wife the best as they begin retirement.