Technology used in policing has changed over the years and it continues to evolve. A tri-county consortium of law enforcement agencies is taking the next step to make sure all its departments are technologically connected.
Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties share borders. For years law enforcement agencies in all three counties have worked together but soon, thanks to the implementation of an upgraded computer system that work will soon become much easier.
Hundreds of officers in those three counties are currently training on an upgraded CAD or computer aided dispatch system. The idea behind the system isn't new and neither is its use locally, but the new version will make it easier for all departments in those three counties to communicate better.
Chief Brian Reedy from the New Holstein Police Department, one of the departments upgrading says, "It's going to be able to share information as well as with the mapping program, sending emails. That will allow law enforcement to communicate effectively and efficiently amongst the three counties."
And in a profession where time matters, that's important. But better communication isn't the only benefit of the upgraded system. It also offers a more detailed mapping program that can prove vital to an officer or deputy responding to an incident.
"With the mapping, the officer can zoom in on a particular address and then check on that parcel and it will show a past call history, people that are associated with it, so the officer really has a lot more information at their fingertips before they even arrive at that call," says Officer Jason Weber with the Town of Menasha Police department, another agency going through the upgrade.
And since criminals and crime know no boundaries the upgraded system will give participating agencies an easier way of crossing jurisdictional boundaries without having to physically do so.
Says Weber, "The more that you can increase this communication, this information flow really is better for everybody. Not only obviously for us in law enforcement, but really better for the community because it offers just a higher level of service."
The new system is expected to be up and running in all three counties by April first.
Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:35:34 GMT
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