Better public safety software coming

By Debbie Blank | The Herald-Tribune

At Police Chief Stan Holt’s urging, the Batesville Board of Works eyed enhancing the city’s police and fire departments by purchasing a public safety software package made by Spillman Technologies, Salt Lake City.

“We’ve researched this company,” which has been in business for 30 years and serves 1,800 police agencies in 43 states, Holt said at the June 12 meeting.

Batesville Police Department officers currently use an in-house system that only contains information they enter.

“Several agencies in this part of the state have bought into Spillman,” which allows police in different departments to share information about crimes and suspects. He believed all surrounding counties with the exception of Jennings are using Spillman records management systems.

“I think it would greatly benefit us.”

The chief received a price quote from the company a few years ago for $200,000. Now because BPD can tie into the Ripley County server, the price tag would be $121,000 – $109,000 for the software and $12,000 for data transfer.

Mayor Mike Bettice observed the Spillman system “will give us a way to have better knowledge of who we have stopped … it is a big price tag.” Spillman will allow the city to pay half in April 2018 with the remainder in 2019. “This gives us an opportunity to budget for it and have a better way of paying for it.”

Member Brad Dreyer asked if the money was in city coffers now. Yes, but it hasn’t been budgeted was the answer. Bettice was more comfortable spreading out the expense over two years.

Member John Irrgang asked if there is an annual fee. Holt replied that fee is a little over $5,000. The first year is included in the package price.

Dreyer suggested that fire department personnel build a database of information about every city business by using a questionnaire. Fire Chief Todd Schutte agreed, “We’ve done some in the past, just a handful.” Building inspector Mike Wells is gathering that information to build the database.

The board approved purchasing the software.

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