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Gwinnett police to begin using e-tickets

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The "paperwork got lost" excuse is over.

Gwinnett police officers will soon use handheld devices to write tickets, using a new technology that is expected to save time and money.

Commissioners approved the electronic ticket technology last week, enabling police, code enforcement and animal control officers as well as fire marshals to upload citations to central servers over a cellular modem.

According to a press release, the handheld devices save time and ensure accuracy by filling in information when an officer enters a suspect's Georgia driver's license number. Copies of the tickets can be printed on the spot.

"This will allow our officers to operate more efficiently, giving them more availability and less time doing paperwork," Gwinnett Police Chief Charlie Walters said.

The improvement, which was suggested by residents during last year's Engage Gwinnett process, is funded through the 2009 sales tax program. The equipment will come from Thinkstream Inc. of Baton Rouge, the highest-scoring of seven bidders which was awarded a $1.02 million contract last week.