DeKalb – The DeKalb Police Department is using a new online reporting system that the public will be able to access easily after the department moves to its new location on West Lincoln Highway.
The new Web-based system tracks criminal activity and traffic incidents documented by DeKalb police officers, DeKalb Police Cmdr. Jason Leverton said. Right now, people can access the reports by filing a Freedom of Information Act request, but the system likely will be accessible to the public in October, Leverton said.
DeKalb police leaders have been working to add the online system, which was developed by SunGard, since May. The previous system required reports to be generated on paper and then entered online before being available to multiple departments.
“Basically, what would happen is the officer would write the report and it would go to our records division and they would have to re-enter [that report] into the system,” Leverton said.
With the new system, the delivery of reports to the records department is eliminated. The system is able to manage longtime records and as a result make the submission and delivery of reports more accurate and timely.
In the past, the records division might have to handle several tasks that would delay records being put into the system. If officers wanted to look up a case, they wouldn’t be able to because it wasn’t entered into the system yet, Leverton said.
The new system helps eliminate human errors with the reports. If an officer doesn’t enter information in the correct field, they will be notified of the mistake.
New technology tends to come later for law enforcement agencies because technology firms are primarily concerned with meeting the needs of commercial businesses. Leverton said the needs of police departments are not met as fast as mainstream companies.
“We’re still a smaller market for software and hardware providers,” Leverton said.