LIMA — A computer upgrade at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office will save time and lives, Sheriff Matt Treglia said during a press availability session Wednesday to formally unveil the project that has been some two years in the planning.
Spurred into action by the possibility of losing federal grant monies tied to mandatory reporting requirements that simply could not be attained with the antiquated system that was in place since 1998 at the sheriff’s office, Treglia is confident that response times will be reduced in times of emergency. At the same time, transparency in dealing with the community in public records matters should also be simplified, the sheriff said.
The cost of the upgrade came in under budget at $831,000. The money came from the county commissioners’ Capital Fund. Treglia estimated that more than $5 million in federal grant funding will flow to the county over the next few years that otherwise would have been at risk without the upgrade.
In January the sheriff’s office began implementing new, upgraded software and management in the areas of Computer Automated Dispatch (CAD), jail management, records management, mobile field reporting and E-ticketing were upgraded.
These systems are used around-the-clock at the sheriff’s office and are “vital in each aspect of serving Allen County,” Treglia said.
When the project was in its infancy, every law enforcement agency, fire department and first responder in the county was given the opportunity to get on board — for a share of the expense — and join in the program that allows all participants to more adequately communicate and exchange ideas. All but two entities in Allen County, the City of Lima and Shawnee Township, took advantage of that offer.
Emergency calls to the county’s central dispatch that involve Lima and Shawnee fire and police will continue to be re-routed to the respective agencies, delaying response times in every instance, said Treglia.
Lt. Bryan McKinney, who oversaw the project as a technical liaison between the tech firms and sheriff’s office, said better response time is the most significant benefit of the new system that now includes nearly every emergency agency in Allen County from Bluffton to Spencerville.
“For some units, a mapping feature is embedded into the CAD program and will more efficiently allow deputies to serve the public by quickly assigning available patrol deputies closest to the call to respond more quickly that previously,” McKinney said.
Included in the upgrade is a new feature, a live roster of jail inmates which will now be available to the public, updated in real time. The information on inmates housed in the Allen County jail will include information that includes a booking photo, some personal information, charges faced by the defendant and the amount of bond that has been set by the courts. The site has not yet been launched but the link to the inmate database will be: https://cadwebview.acso-oh.us/NewWorld.InmateInquiry/OH0020000.