In this modern day and age, technology plays an ever-increasing role in both our private and professional lives. This is as true in law enforcement as it is in any business. With a recent investment of approximately $12,000, the Marceline Police Department has seen a big improvement in its technology.
“The value of this technology is priceless,” said Marceline Police Chief Chris Arnold. “The system we were operating on before made it difficult to recall records. You really had to hunt for everything. If something wasn’t entered exactly right, you couldn’t find a report. It was a very labor-intensive process.”
The new system, acquired in February, is called Crimestar Records Management, and replaces the outdated system spoken of above. The system also is contained in heavy-duty laptops in each squad car in the Marceline PD’s fleet.
“One of the first things we did was sector off the entire town into north, south, east, and west boundaries,” said Captain Bob Doneslon. “If we want to look up calls for service, we can isolate it to one sector. If we want to look up a particular type of incident, we can isolate it to one part of town. For the [city] council, we compile reports a out our activity.”
This new technology cost the City of Marceline approximately $12,000, but was an easy choice to acquire, according to City Manager, and former law enforcement officer, Luke Lewis.
“It was an easy choice to acquire this new technology,” said Lewis. “The biggest reason to acquire this technology was not only to give our own police department better resources to serve our community, but it helps by increasing the technology of the entire area. This is beneficial to all law enforcement agencies: local, county and state. It continues to evolve and fall in line with the expectations of the new enhanced E-911 that is going to be implemented in Linn County.”
A perk of the new system is the ability to have all reports on an individual collated into one place. If a resident files a report about a location, and then moves, the system will relate both locations to the individual.
“This new system is very user friendly,” said Chief Arnold. “It tracks, records and updates information automatically. If you have multiple encounters with a suspect, it updates the record automatically. It will integrate address and name changes, locations, and past histories into one report.”
In addition to the ability to better log interactions with people, the software really opens up the officers to focus on their jobs, as opposed to paperwork.