Bossier City PD Uses Technology To Write Tickets

By Adria Goins – bio|email

BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) –  The cell phone, computer, and internet have changed the way people communicate. Now a new high tech system has changed the way the Bossier City Police Department serves and protects.

"It's similar to a credit card or a UPS machine," said Sgt. Bart Cavanaugh, Bossier City motorcycle supervisor.

The new gadget is called Think Stream Mobile and I has turned paper ticket writing into a thing of the past. The department started using this experimental device with the motorcycle unit about three months ago.

Instead of writing all the drivers' information into a ticket book, all Cavanaugh has to do is punch it into a wireless computer. Once the ticket is typed up the officers can print it using wireless printers.

This system, which used nearly $680,000 from the department's capital expenditure fund, allows officers to electronically fill out tickets and write crash and incident reports at the touch of a button.

"Also within this package, people will be able to go online and pay tickets and obtain crash reports. That, we hope, to have online within the coming months," said Mark Natale, Bossier City public information officer.

Right now there are only 10 machines being used by officers, mostly on the motorcycle squad, but in the next few months all traffic officers will have the device.

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