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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO CODY Systems owners Fran Heffner and son David N. Heffner accept a 2016 Philadelphia Family Business Award from SmartCEO magazine.

CODY Systems in Pottstown began in 1979 as a family business and it remains so today.

CODY Systems in Pottstown began in 1979 as a family business and it remains so today.

How the company defines family, however, is worth noting, as this family spans 18 states and nearly 500 agencies.

Those are customers of the company that was started as an accounting solutions business by the husband-and-wife team of David H. and Fran Heffner. By 1990, based on David’s time in intelligence as a captain in the Army, the business shifted to producing and assisting with record management systems and real-time search tool software for police and others in law enforcement.

Those clients – and all employees – are considered family.

“CODY was and has always been a family company in the truest sense of the word,” said Fran Heffner, who credits the success to the family model that is the foundation of the professional aspects of the business.

David H. Heffner died in 2012, and today the Heffners’ son, David N. Heffner, is part owner and executive vice president of CODY Systems. Their daughter, Maggie Riker, is director of marketing and public relations.

“I enjoy and elicit ideas from all people at the company, respect everyone’s opinions, foster collaboration and always temper business dealings with a smidge of humor and lightheartedness,” Fran Heffner said about being a woman in charge of her family’s business.

Through CODY’s data aggregation platform, COBRA.net, and C.tac, its unified search tool, users can locate criminal incident information across their owner’s and other regional participating agencies’ data.

This means law enforcement officers have the ability to be better prepared in approaching potentially more dangerous people and circumstances versus going into a situation blind – which makes it safer for police.

“Their products are invaluable in today’s world of law enforcement for officer safety and efficient management of police departments,” said Lt. Thomas Endy of Wyomissing police.

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