VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Valdosta Police Department had, as of Friday, made the process of sending and receiving information easier for officers and prosecutors.
"This is a web based intranet upload system," said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress, as he gestured to the large television monitor in his office and explained how the new expanded paperless reporting system works.
The Valdosta Police Department had expanded its paperless reporting system. With the expansion of the system, prosecutors can access police department case files and reports from their own computers, eliminating the need for officers to make DVDs with copies of a given case file or report and take time to hand deliver it to the prosecutor.
The expanded system also gives prosecutors access to any videos such as dash cam or body cam video associated with a case. "You can actually, from the police department, upload videos like officer worn body camera[s]," Chief Childress pointed out.
And, in the event that a supplemental report is added to the original report, officers no longer have to worry about notifying the prosecutor and remembering to take the supplemental report to them.
"Not with this system," Chief Childress said. "Because here, once you add somethin', it instantly updates [the system]. A prosecutor can log into this system and see this entire case file."
The system also gives officers the option to see what specific ordinances are in place in different parts of the city and pull up the actual ordinance and read it in their car.
"Everything's in one place. I no longer am havin' to call dispatch or havin' to call the front desk clerk or come back to the police department to look somethin' up," said Valdosta Police Officer Robert Leatherberry, as he sat in his patrol and explained why he liked the new expanded system.
Chief Childress said he also believed this will help save tax payers money by allowing prosecutors to prosecute cases faster, which means less time the tax payers have to pay for a suspect to be in jail.