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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 5

Meeting Date: May 8, 2001

Subject/Title: Authorize the Police Department to purchase four (4) laptop computers for field reports by patrol officers. (L. Shaw)

Submitted by: L. Shaw, Chief of Police

Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION 

Authorize an expenditure not to exceed $19,000 from grant funds (AB 3229-Citizens Option for Public Safety) to purchase four "ruggedized" laptop computers for use by patrol officers.

PREVIOUS ACTION

None

BACKGROUND

These laptop computers are being purchased to determine whether the use of laptop computers by patrol officers taking "paperless reports" in the field is more efficient than our current system of handwriting minor incident documents. We believe that laptops will improve customer service, since the report will be completed and available for release at a much faster rate.

The plan is to issue laptop computers to a team of officers during a specific shift. These computers are reinforced to withstand rugged use and inclement weather. The Department will evaluate the efficiency of this program on a monthly basis.

If this plan proves to be beneficial, the Department will consider purchasing additional grant-funded laptops for use by other patrol teams, investigators during off-site interviews and school resource officers on our school campuses.

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