1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
February 08, 2006 00:00
On February 9, 2006, at 10 a.m., in the Chief’s Conference Room on the 15th Floor of the Justice Center, Traffic Division officers will demonstrate new electronic devices that allow officers to complete citations electronically. Officers have been testing the new hand-held PDA-like device for the last several weeks. It is anticipated that they will be completely implemented within the Traffic Division in the coming weeks.
Rather than hand-writing out every field on a paper form, the wireless device allows officers to use pull-down menus, customize their settings, and automatically fills in information, such as fines, court times, etc. An officer is able to print out a copy for the driver and send the data electronically to the courts and Portland Police Data System (PPDS).
This state-of-the-art technology was grant-funded and developed specifically for the Portland Police Bureau over the last year.
"We saw that the technology was there," says Traffic Division Commander Bill Sinnott, who was the project coordinator. "But it was more of a matter of getting it to link up with our partners and our own computer systems. The new system is efficient, accurate and is really easy to use.”
The equipment will be used by Traffic Officers now, but officers on foot, ATVs or Mounted Patrol may be able to use it in the future.
Sgt. Pete Simpson