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Police to get $617,428 of new computer equipment

After four years of research, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department has finally settled on a new computer equipment package.

For a lump sum of $382,600, and then 36-monthly lease payments totaling $234,828, the police department will be outfitted with a Computer Aided Dispatch system, a records management system, report writing equipment and a hookup with the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System – providing a direct link with the Department of Justice and national justice databases. The monthly lease payments will provide 31 Dell desk computers over a period of three years, after which a new lease agreement will be negotiated for new computers.

“The needs of the community have changed and so has technology,” said George Brown, South Lake Tahoe police commander. “You have to be able to respond to those changes in order to provide effective law enforcement.”

Pending approval today by the South Lake Tahoe City Council, the equipment must be installed this year to be compliant with 2000 technology requirements.

Funding, according to city accounting manager Bob Porfiri, will be provided through the safety sales tax.

“This is a percentage of sales tax that can only be spent for public safety purposes,” Porfiri said. “There will be no problem funding this equipment. We also have enough cash on hand to pay a great portion of it, but the interest rates are so low now it might be more cost-effective to finance it.”

Brown said the new equipment will eliminate redundant data inputting, be more user-friendly than the present system and provide the data necessary to competently run the department.

“What we have is outdated, doesn’t produce the information we need and is not even Y2K compliant,” Brown explained. “This change is an excellent opportunity for the department to move forward into the technological arena – and become consistent with many other organizations in the state.”

Brown said a hookup with the El Dorado Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office, although not immediately possible, would be a simple matter if it became necessary.

In further council business:

– A City Council subcommittee will provide recommendations concerning Ski Run Marina parking.

– A report will be given and possibly action taken regarding a city skating facility.

What: South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting

When: Today, 6 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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