The Scottsdale Police Department plans to use revenue from its Loop 101 photo-enforcement program to fund computer upgrades that will allow officers to complete more work in the field.
Scottsdale budgeted $1 million for 20 laptops, computer software programs and training for supervisors and officers. The laptops, which are different than the ones installed in cruisers, will allow officers to better complete their reports and other paperwork while working in the field or out of the area, said Scottsdale police Lt. Steve Yturralde.
The city has collected $1.7 million in revenue from motorists ticketed for traveling 76 mph or faster over the last six months on the city’s eight-mile stretch of Loop 101.
The laptops, which arrived in October and cost about $40,000, according to information from the city, are set aside on an “as needed” basis to be used by officers who are at out-of-state seminars, conducting power-point presentations or on accident scenes, Yturralde said.
“They’re great little tools,” Yturralde said. “They’ll give officers a big advantage. It would have been nice in the past to have had an off-site system set up. These will help us be able to do more work in the field instead of having to go back to the station to complete reports.”
The server software, which will improve records-management capabilities, is expected to be in place by mid-2008.
However, the total cost of the server software won’t be known for about two more weeks, according to Scottsdale police officer David Pubins, a department spokesman.
Spending photo-enforcement revenue on law-enforcement functions, such as the computers and software,
AAA Arizona, which supports the photo-enforcement program, commended Scottsdale for spending the money on law-enforcement functions, rather than putting the revenue into the General Fund for other programs.
“Although it’s not a traffic expenditure per se, those monies will enable (officers) to do their jobs more easily and keep them on the streets,” said Linda Gorman, a spokeswoman for AAA Arizona.