Computers will save time for sheriff deputies |

Computers will save time for sheriff deputies

Mike Pottage

A computerized link between El Dorado County Sheriff’s field deputies and the jail booking system will save officer’s time and improve law enforcement, Sheriff Hal Barker has reported to the Board of Supervisors.

The modernization, using more than $570,000 from the federal crime bill of 1994 during its first two years of operation, has been directed at an expansion of Community Service Officers and the assembly of the computer system.

Sheriff Barker told supervisors El Dorado County received $417,246 in fiscal 1995 and an additional $167,757 the next year.

The money also has been used to acquire computer equipment and software to support an automated crime reporting system, and to hire personnel to maintain the more than 200 computers currently online.

A total of 5.5 community officers have been hired during the first two years.

Sheriff Barker reported it will cost $60,000 to link satellite offices and $75,000 a year to hire two computer systems people.

The application for a third year of grant funding requires a 25 percent county match to the federal money.

When the system is up and operating, Sheriff’s deputies will be able to complete jail booking paperwork by filing the necessary paperwork directly from the field. This will eliminate the current practice of filling out hand-written reports that are re-entered by jail personnel at the time a suspect enters the jail system.

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