DPD launches new records management system

Submitted by the Dalton Police Department
The Dalton Police Department's new records management system is now up and running. After months of preparation and training, the system went online Monday afternoon.

The software, developed by Spillman Technologies Inc., replaces the department's old Sungard HTE records system which had been in place for more than 20 years. The Spillman system is designed specifically for use by law enforcement, and is more efficient and user-friendly. It consolidates several different software packages which were used for reports, property and evidence, inventory and personnel files into one software system. It also communicates with the dispatch center, with information from CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) appearing automatically in Spillman's reports forms which makes the report-writing process quicker and easier for officers in the field.

Our new system will completely change the way we handle information, and put that information directly into the hands of the officer on the street,” said Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker. For the first time, our officers will also have up-to-the-minute crime analysis information, which is key to spotting crime trends as they emerge, instead of reacting after the fact.”

The transfer from the old records management system to the new Spillman system was part of the inspiration for the city of Dalton's upgrade to new IBM Blade Center servers which took place in May. Those servers, hosted at City Hall and the Police Services Center, will last between 8 to 10 years without needing to be replaced, and require only minor upgrades.

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