Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett officials approved nearly $1 million in printers and other technology, on the way to allow police officers to issue e-citations by the end of the year.
The project will allow officers to input data by reading the barcode on driver's licenses, which enhances accuracy of tickets and allows officers to be back on the road quicker, said Joe Sorenson, Gwinnett government spokesman.
"This type of system also assists the overall justice system by ensuring citations are legible, complete, and available almost immediately upon issue," Sorenson said. "Improvements in officer efficiency can be gained by enabling officers to spend more time patrolling instead of processing paperwork."
Gwinnett police and information technology officials have been working on the equipment and software, which is expected to cost a total of $6.3 million from 2009 sales tax funds. Sorenson noted that the cost also replaces the old notebook computers in police cruisers.
Earlier this month, commissioners approved the purchase of printers for police cruisers at a cost of $700,000 so the citations can be printed.
They also approved the purchase of wireless software from AT&T. IT Director John Matelski said the software will allow connectivity, so information is immediately available to other mobile units.
Commissioner Lynette Howard expressed concerns about dead zones in the county, but Matelski said the provider has agreed to work on the issue.
Gwinnett County Police spokesman Cpl. Ed Ritter said the department plans to hold demonstrations prior to the program's implementation in the coming months.