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Police Computer System Gets $4-Million Update

November 18, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The city's police have become as fast as the click of a mouse with the implementation of a $4-million update to their computer records system.

The new, fully integrated system was a three-year project, and makes the police agency the first in California to be this well-connected, said Lt. Phil Clarke.

The system allows officers to use their in-car computers to map a location, get information on suspects, look at previous crimes that occurred in an area and file their reports instantly, among many other things.

Under the old paper-based system, it took days for a report on a call to be routed to supervisors, then passed on to detectives, officers said. Now it will all happen immediately.

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