Upgraded In-Car Computers

By Mike Grant
Washington Times Herald

Meanwhile, the Daviess County Council also voted 6-0 to expend E-911 funds to pay for a technology upgrade for the police department. The council followed suit with the County Commissioners to allow spending $131,000 for a new Spillman Technologies System to be used by Washington police.

“I’m really pleased with this,” said McWilliams. “It puts us one step closer to getting our technology uniform with that of the county. We’ll be able to do the job with the same tools and information. I’m ecstatic.”

“This has been in the works for some time,” said President of the Daviess County Council Mike Sprinkle. “This will get them up-to-date with what the county can do. It should simplify things in the future.”

The city and county have been involved in talks concerning a central dispatch that would handle dispatch duties for all fire and police in the county. So far, there has been no decision on when or if that will happen.

“We are leaving that up to the county council, the city council, the commissioners and the mayor,” said McWilliams. “This helps us come up to the same level as the county and we’re going to have the same tools and the same equipment. We are just going to make it smoother if we ever transition to central dispatch.”

In order to put the new system into operation, the city will be running a line from police headquarters to the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department to tap into the county server.

“Working with the county has saved us a lot of money,” said McWilliams. “By using the county server we are saving $100,000 plus $3,000 for maintenance, and $8,000 a year for training. This is a great opportunity for our department to move forward with technology.”

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