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Campbell to Replace 'Outdated' Police Technology Equipment

Memo written by Chief Gregory Finch and support services manager Lisa Tait says city has not received any upgrades to systems since 2002.

A police computer-aided dispatch screen. Courtesy Wikimedia
A police computer-aided dispatch screen. Courtesy Wikimedia
After a long and arduous application and approval process with Global Tower Partners, managers of the rooftops of the Pruneyard tower buildings, a lease agreement is close to being signed that would make the Orchard City a part of the Silicon Valley Regional Communications System, according to a memo presented to the Campbell City Council Tuesday evening.

The addition of the antennas and equipment on the Pruneyard Tower One should provide sufficient coverage in Campbell to participate in the system, said the memo authored by Campbell Police Chief Gregory Finch and Lisa Tait, the city's support services manager.

The memo was reviewed during a study session conducted by the Campbell City Council at the Civic Center, 70 No. First St. 

However, to participate in the system, Campbell needs to replace its existing Orbacom radio consoles and all of its subscriber units such as mobile and portable radios, the memo said.

The estimated cost is $900,000 and that means the city will probably have to wait until December of 2014 to participate, according to the memo.

The city has also not received any upgrades to its computer-aided dispatch system and records management system since 2002, the memo continued.

The city's police technology equipment is outdated, lacks contemporary functionality and is in serious need of replacement, the memo said. 

"These systems are critical to the day-to-day operations of the police department," the memo stated. 

A recent audit from the California Department of Justice found that the Campbell Police Department is out of compliance with DOJ rules and regulations as the applications don't meet requirements for password authentication, the memo noted.

The estimated cost to replace the systems is between $1 and $2 million and Chief Finch and Tail write in the memo that the city should use capital improvement project moneys available to replace the computer-aided dispatch, records management and mobile date computer systems. 

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MichaelJ January 23, 2014 at 08:04 PM
Gotta keep up with changes. These are a must if we want to stay ahead of the game. Just don't raise my taxes because that would be a joke. manage what you have and make it work.

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