Police dept. considers new incident management software

Police dept. considers new incident management software

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During the Carlinville Public Safety meeting that took place on Feb. 15, the committee listened to the police and fire department as they explained their draft budgets and potential future expenses.

Police Chief Dave Haley discussed the potential of using Rhodium software. He explained it would allow for better incident management, especially in the case of a large-scale incident. “This tool would allow us to receive the same data at the same time such as who is where, where vehicles are located, he said.

Haley added that the cost would come out of their training budget and would have an estimated expense of $1,600. However, Haley wants to take part in a demo with McKee prior to determining whether or not the department will purchase the software. Since the tool is web-based, the demo can take place at any point.

Alderman Randy Bilbruck proposed a curve barrier for Orange Street. He explained that there were concerns expressed of vehicles ending up in the ravine. The committee forwarded the concerns to the Public Works Committee since Haley said they had to make sure they were following proper protocol with the barrier.

Haley also reviewed both the police department’s current budget and the draft budget for the new fiscal year line by line. Numbers for the draft budget remained close to previous budgets.

Haley still has to receive a final head count for the ICS300/400 courses before a decision can be made, so it will be discussed in a future meeting.

Brian Mitchell represented the fire department as Fire Chief Jess McKee was not in attendance. He discussed the department’s current budget and projected that there would not be any major expenses prior to the end of the fiscal year. Their draft budget is being reviewed and will be discussed at next month’s meeting.

Mitchell also discussed how some of the fire department’s vehicles needed to be repaired. Engine 1216, one of the older main engines, needed an estimated $1,200 worth of replacements for an air pump and a charger. This expense has already been taken care of, but Mitchell wanted to update the committee.

Additionally, brush truck 1271 is being worked on. It has a 24-volt system, but the department typically runs on 12-volt equipment. According to Mitchell, the batteries are being drained at a fast rate, so having a conversion system put in as well as equipment that will keep a more constant charge will prevent this problem from continuing.

The fire department has currently received two bids that were roughly $2,400, but the third bidder said they would be less expensive. Mitchell said they would know by the end of the week and make a decision from there.