Trenton PD goes wireless with new computer system

The Trenton Police Department received a technological upgrade on Wednesday when the installation of a new computer system was finished, making the dispatch center completely wireless.

According to Jorge Tapia, the Trenton communications chief, the new system provides the dispatcher, the police station and officers? cars with digital maps to show where calls are coming from and where officers who can respond are located. Officers now receive information when the dispatcher does, which allows them to respond quicker.

The new computer system also allows officers to find mug shots and outstanding warrants of potential criminals, as well as the location of other officers in the field. The city says the new system will coordinate police response, keep officers informed about incidents and help the police department ?go green.? The electronic system is virtually paperless, including report filing.

The police department is holding weekly training sessions to have all forces using the new system by Jan. 1.

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