LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office Expands Reporting Capability to Patrol Cars
LaSalle Parish deputies will soon have the ability to upload incident reports from the field directly to the Sheriff’s Office without having to leave their vehicles. New software purchased from PTS Solutions, Inc. includes a Field Reporting Module that will be installed on laptop computers in patrol cars. The module interfaces with the PTS Incident software system that the Sheriff’s Office has been using for several years.
“The ability for our deputies to write, access and send their reports from anywhere inthe parishis a huge time and money saver for us,” explained Chief Civil Deputy and PTS Software Administrator Sherry Hudnall. “This enables deputies to remain in the field where they are needed.”
In addition to the field reporting, the new PTS software installed on the laptops will include communication links to the Sheriff’s existing PTS Computer Aided Dispatching (CAD) software and the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The CAD connection will allow officers to communicate with the dispatchers silently to show their status, or to check calls for service and information on people or addresses.
“Right now, if a deputy wants information on an incident, a person or an address, they have to call on the radio to the dispatch center. With the popularity of portable scanners, this is not always ideal for the safety of our officers and community,” Sheriff Franklin said. “With the new software, we can keep radio communication to a minimum by allowing the deputies to access information from their laptop computers.”
The link to the FBI’s NCIC database enables deputies to check driver’s license numbers, vehicles, boats, guns, and other property items against the national system to determine if someone has an open warrant or is listed as missing; and if a vehicle, boat or gun is stolen.
“By adding to their existing PTS software system with PTS Field Reporting, Mobile CAD and Mobile NCIC, the Sheriff’s Office has truly modernized their in-car communication,” said PTS President Dave Fuqua. “Sheriff Franklin and his team are always on the cutting edge of progress and this software addition is no exception.”