By Katie Winkler
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter
Various departments within Clinton County are in the process of upgrading technology and equipment to help provide better public service to residents and to become more efficient.
“Each department is evaluated independently — the levels of technology vary from department to department,” County Administrator Ryan Wood said. “Funding decisions are made based on funding, long-term benefits, general office efficiency.”
Among these departments is the county sheriff’s office, which will be upgrading their in-car cameras, ticket printers, inmate classification system and mobile data systems.
All initiatives will go into effect in 2016.
Before the station received the ticket printers years ago, tickets were hand-written. With the mobile data systems, which are essentially laptops, inside police cars, they are now able to have all information automatically recorded by swiping licenses. This reduced the chance of error.
According to Wood, the public will not see significant changes with the equipment changes. The new equipment will make it easier for the county to implement officer body cameras, if they choose to do so in the future.