Small city PD goes high-tech

Wed, 2014-01-22 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

Often when we think smart cities, we conjure thoughts of dense urban environments – not Gainesville, Georgia, the Poultry Capital of the World with a human population around 35,000.

But Gainesville's police department is getting smarter, thanks to a recent city council action authorizing a new electronic records management system that AccessNo.GA.com says will move the department a step closer to a paperless environment.

The city council recently awarded a contract for the new system to Council Associate Partner SunGard Public Sector to replace an outdated one that Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly describes as "basically no better than a filing cabinet."

With the new system, Gainesville officers can be more efficient in the field, using computers in their cars to file incident and crash reports and wirelessly transfer them to the department's main frame.

And the crime statistics reports officers currently compile by hand? They will be a thing of the past too, Kelly said in the AccessNoGA.com story.

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Read about more smart city technologies being adopted by police departments large and small around the world in the Council's Smart Cities Readiness Guide (one-time free registration required).