The software upgrade, which was performed by Jack Poland and his IT staff with the City of Griffin, allows many GPD officers to access valuable information from the field, as well as complete and send reports wirelessly to the RMS. As a result, those officers no longer have to return to the police station for work on their reports, which increases their visibility and presence in the community.
“The officers will be able to stay on the street longer and remain in their zones,” said GPD Capt. Dwayne Jones. “This will reduce the need of having multiple patrol units returning back to the (police department) and keep the patrol cars deployed throughout the city.”
The updated software also comes with advanced mapping features and crime analysis components that will increase the information available to investigators and command staff, Jones said.
The response by officers has been positive so far.
“Like any new application, an adjustment period takes place, but after the first few reports, many officers have told me that it is a faster system due to the ability to access our database of names and addresses,” he said. “This allows for many fields to be auto-populated and increase efficiency.”
In addition, the GPD will be part of a data-sharing program through which investigators can access information from 22 other law enforcement agencies — among them the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, the College Park Police Department and the Douglasville Police Department.
“The sharing of information is vital, and officers will now be able to search for known crimes and suspects from throughout the state as a tool in investigating crimes,” Jones said.