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One of the laptops from a Dougherty County Police Department cruiser, which will be fitted with the new SunGard Public Sector, Inc. software for the Criminal Justice Information System in the coming weeks One of the laptops from a Dougherty County Police Department cruiser, which will be fitted with the new SunGard Public Sector, Inc. software for the Criminal Justice Information System in the coming weeks
Cpt. Tom Jackson, Dougherty County Police Department Cpt. Tom Jackson, Dougherty County Police Department
A Dougherty County Police Department patrol car which will be outfitted with the laptops containing new software to help officers report from the fields in real time A Dougherty County Police Department patrol car which will be outfitted with the laptops containing new software to help officers report from the fields in real time
Dougherty County Police Department Dougherty County Police Department
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County leaders say some new software will help law enforcement fight crime and improve efficiency.

Monday, commissioners approved more than $1.7 Million for software designed to bridge information gaps between ten emergency agencies in the city and the county.

Officers will be able to file reports in vehicles and transfer data in real time as they're booking suspects or interviewing witnesses.  That can tip off other departments looking for the same people. 

"Our biggest thing on this is that we feel this technology is gonna help us better serve the citizens of Albany and Dougherty County with this information," said Cpt. Tom Jackson, Dougherty County Police Department.  "So, you know, hopefully we can have more officers staying back out on the streets and we'll be able to solve more crimes." 

Captain Jackson said the new software will first be fitted in patrol cars before moving into the Dougherty County Jail system.  It's a two phase project that's been in the works for the last 14 years, and should be fully implemented by 2016.

Officers will be trained with the new interface and could begin using the technology by the beginning of next year.  

 

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