Thanks to a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the Sierra Vista Police Department will soon implement a new scanner system in patrol vehicles that will enable officers to process paperwork more efficiently.
The new system, called Arizona Traffic and Criminal Software (AZTraCS), enables officers to collect information about drivers and vehicles electronically from their patrol vehicles. It also automatically populates forms and reports, which saves time and reduces errors. The required equipment for 60 patrol vehicles has been fully funded by a grant of nearly $70,000 from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
AZTraCS consists of software provided by the Arizona Department of Transportation as well as a scanner and a printer installed in each officer’s patrol vehicle that interface directly with police records management software. This allows an officer to scan documents and fill out a variety of documents like collision reports, tow records, citations, and arrest forms. This will save time and increase safety as officers will no longer need to fill in the same information on multiple forms for different purposes.
“We greatly appreciate the support of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and look forward to the benefits of implementing AZTraCS,” Sierra Vista Police Chief Adam Thrasher says. “This system will improve efficiency and accuracy of police reports, which will allow our officers to devote more time and attention to being on patrol and interacting with the public.”