Richland police hope new software will make community safer

March 21, 2013 

— The Richland Police Department has adopted new software which is designed to centralize information and maximize department efficiency.

The software, which is called SmartForce, will officially become the department’s new way to share and access information on Monday. Patrol officers have been testing the software for the last two weeks and have been pleased with the results, Capt. Mike Cobb said.

Cobb said SmartForce can be accessed from anywhere in the world and will help bridge communication gaps between officers changing shifts by providing up to date information, analysis and photos.

“The result is a safer community and safer officers,” Cobb said. “Information keeps people alive.”

The software will cost the department around $1,000 a month and will eventually lower overall operating costs with its efficiency, Cobb said.

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