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Springfield Police Looking to Upgrade Computers
The Springfield Police Department is looking upgrade its computer system joining other local and state agencies that have gone paperless.
The department is hoping to make big changes to the station by upgrading their current reporting system into the electronic age.
Right now, police officers have to write out each report by hand. That report is then scanned into the database system. The report then goes to the records department, where some information is manually typed into the system, which takes time and money.
"We've been progressing a little bit at a time towards going completely paperless," Springfield Police Deputy Chief Cliff Buscher said. "We just want to get it changed to where instead of officers are handwriting these reports the reports out in their cars they are on their mobile data computers typing them out."
Police officials said the new system has been a work in progress but it will help make reporting much easier, quicker and more efficient.
Currently, upgrading their computers is the police department's number one priority, but it won't be cheap.
"We would like all of the officers to be paperless but as of right now we're not exactly sure how much all that would cost," city spokesmen Nathan Mihelich said. "A lot more study and research needs to be done not only on the hardware and software side of it but the application side of it, the training and development that would go into it."
Police officials said it will cost about $300,000 for the computer and server upgrades for the squad cars.
The Springfield Fire Department has been paperless for the past ten years and said upgrading is well worth it.
"I think it would be beneficial to them to be able to do it paperless," Division Chief Barry Helmerichs said. "I think the review process is much simpler and I think our accuracy is great by doing it through paperless."
Currently, there are more than 70 squad car computers that are eight years old and out of date.
Police officials said they know they cannot upgrade them all, but if they can move towards the paperless system, it would benefit the whole department.