|Trinity Standard - Local News
Stories Added - November 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company
Police get drug dog, computer program
Trinity Standard - November 2008
TRINITY – In an effort to improve its service to local residents, the Trinity Police Department is now is the process of acquiring a drug detection dog as well as a new records management computer program.
Police Chief Steven Jones was given permission by the Trinity City Council to obtain the dog and computer software earlier this month and Jones said efforts are now underway to have both programs in place as soon as possible.
The drug detection dog will probably be working in Trinity by mid-January after Officer Jay Robinson competes his handler’s training at the Canine Academy in Leander, which is near Austin.
“The way this came about is that I’ve had several local residents approach me to ask if there was a way for them to help out the police department,” Jones said.
That was when the idea of obtaining a drug detection dog arose, but Jones said he wanted to clear it with the city council before moving forward.
Cost of the dog and the training for Robinson will be $3,995 and Jones said the total would be covered by contributions from the local residents.
“The dog will be used strictly for narcotics detection,” Jones said. “He will not be trained as a attack dog or as a patrol dog.”
Robinson is scheduled to begin his two-week training session on Jan. 5, 2009. He is tentatively set to receive a yellow Labrador retriever named “Tank.”
“I think this will be a huge benefit to the community,” Robinson said, adding the dog will make it easier for police to find drugs hidden in vehicles and buildings.
While the cost of the new drug dog is being covered by donations, the police department will be using its funds to obtain the new CAD/RMS computer program.
The “computer aided dispatch/records management system” software known as eFORCE is being obtained from Intellichoice, Inc. under an annual lease arrangement.
Jones said the department will pay $6,720 for the first year and $5,325 per year thereafter.
If they purchased the eFORCE program outright, it would cost $29,140.
“By leasing the system, we don’t have to make such a big payment up front, plus we will receive all of the updates as well as 24/7 assistance from the company,” he said.
It is scheduled to be installed in about two weeks, the chief added.
Using the new program, when a call for assistance comes into the police department, the dispatcher can enter the information into the computer system. The system will then track the case until it is closed with an arrest.
“The dispatcher will note which officer was assigned the case and it will show up in his file on the computer,” he said.
Jones said he will be able to monitor the progress of the officers on each case and the system will eliminate a great deal of paper within the department.
“The cases will be in the computer and when someone is arrested, we will have almost instant access to any previous case involving them without having to dig through a filing cabinet for the report,” he said.