YORKVILLE – The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office has completed major technology and equipment upgrades of its in-squad mobile data computer and video recording systems.
The completion of these projects makes the sheriff’s office the first law enforcement agency in Kendall County to fully transition to the new Ken Com Communications center en route mobile computer aided dispatching software, and to a fully cellular MDC communications system.
Kendall County Sheriff Richard Randall said it also creates new server and network infrastructure within the sheriff’s office for the latest generation of in-car digital video recording. The sheriff’s office maintains the largest law enforcement fleet in Kendall County.
“The old radio modem system that Kendall County law enforcement agencies have been relying on for MDC communications is on its way out, and we have been anticipating these technology improvements for some time,” Randall said. “The cellular system and new mobile computer aided dispatch software provides more flexibility to communicate, and access to more information out on the street.
“The networked in-car video system also enhances data sharing. For example, attorneys within the state’s attorney’s office will be able to view recorded in-car video directly from their desk computers.”
Keeping up with the pace of technology, while keeping the cost to the taxpayer at a minimum, is a real challenge, Randall said.
“We have to strike a balance between fiscal responsibility and putting the right technology and equipment in place to get the job done efficiently, effectively and safely,” he said.
Randall said his staff started project planning and budgeting in early 2012, and that by August 2012, they were ready to bring the plans and funding requests to the Kendall County Board.
“Sheriff’s office revenues were coming in higher than projected at the end of 2012 and expenditures were under budget, which allowed us to help offset the cost for these projects,” Randall said.
“The MDC and digital video recording system projects had great support from the Kendall County Board.” Chief Deputy Scott Koster said. “Operations Division Commander Phil Smith and Deputy Commander Brian Jahp put together a plan, and provided comprehensive presentations for board members to give them a clear understanding of what we needed to accomplish.
“The board saw the need, and authorized funding to move forward.”
Based on estimated costs, the board appropriated $200,000 for the projects. The funding provided new mobile data computers and associated software, upgraded network servers and software licensing for the next generation of in-car digital video recording, as well as installation and programming costs.
Smith said that, thanks to support provided by Kendall County Technology Services Director Stan Laken and his staff, the projects were ultimately completed for $15,000 under budget.