Columbus police want to switch to an e-ticketing system - WRBL

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Columbus police want to switch to an e-ticketing system

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Columbus police are looking to make an upgrade in the way they do business. A new electronic ticketing system will help streamline the whole department.

Agencies across the country are going electronic. Columbus is ready to follow suit after decades of using good old fashioned paper.

Columbus police process tens of thousands of citations annually. Maj. Stan Swiney says it's time the department jumps into the age of technology.

"It's just a change in the way we do business, an update in the way we collect and store criminal data," says Maj. Swiney.

CPD is in the process of implementing a records management system, or RMS, that will keep track of everything in the department. Along with that, they want a new e-ticketing program.

Maj. Swiney says right now they're just in the looking phase, weighing which vendor would work best with the database, but it would make everything a lot easier. He says the new system will be much faster than writing everything out. It could help both during traffic stops and after the fact.

"I think that the big savings in time, both for the violator and for the courts and the police," he says, "will be in the processing of that ticket after it's been prepared and everybody has gone on their way."

Offenders will be able to pay their tickets online, and officers won't have to turn in copies of their paperwork. It would go straight to the court.

Maj. Swiney says, "When we add RMS the old ticket book will go away, and the aluminum ticket book companies are going to be in trouble because nobody wants an aluminum ticket book holder."

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.

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