The Adams County Sheriff’s Department said some of their equipment has outlived its usefulness, and it needs to be updated soon.
You may not know by looking at it, but the patrol car computers probably belong in a museum. . . not in a patrol car.
“As computers go. . . 2012 is probably ancient,” said Sheriff Travis Collins, Adams County Sheriff’s Office.
Collins said all five of the department’s cars are using computers that are at least seven years old, and when they break down, which is often, parts are hard to come by.
“Last time I had to go on eBay to find some old parts,” said Collins.
The sheriff said the department needs to upgrade its software soon, because the computers are using Windows 7 which is scheduled to become obsolete in 2020 said Collins.
He also said that if they don’t get an upgrade soon it could start to affect day to day operations.
“A lot of the programs we use to communicate with dispatch, write tickets, write accident reports . . .it(outdated software) hinders our ability to do that,” said Collins.
The department is also looking at upgrading its body cam and radio system.
“You do one traffic stop and use it(radio), and an hour later you are on another traffic stop. . . and its dead(battery),” said Deputy Andy Roehl, Adams County Sheriff’s Office.
Collins said he would like to start replacing the department’s equipment gradually through grants and the county budget.
“We are trying to find out a rotation where we don’t have a huge bill at one time that the county budget can’t afford. We are trying to space it out every year.”
He recently met with the county commissioners, and he hopes they can all come to an agreement on a replacement plan, so they can provide the best possible service to the county.
Collins said it will probably cost $25,000 to replace all the computers in the patrol cars.