Sheriff Greg Capers has been implementing 21st Century technology into his operations to increase efficiency and safety for his deputies. On November 9, 2015, Commissioner’s Court approved the contract between CopSync, Inc. and the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office. CopSync is a nationwide Mobile Data system that allows the deputies in the field to run checks through the Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (TLETS), to receive call data from the dispatcher, and to complete reports in the field. This allows the deputies to remain in their districts for faster service to our citizens. Additionally, CopSync provides GPS locating of any patrol vehicle on their system. Dispatchers will be able to see where our patrol units are on a real-time map in the Communications Center and dispatch the closest unit to a call for service. This system is not only time saving, but it is cost effective for the county.
Dell Mobile Computers are being acquired to implement this new Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) system. Chief Joe Schultea has been testing this platform for the past 6 months and has found no limitations to the stability and operations of this system. These sleek, low profile, and semi-rugged computers are well equipped with touch screen, lighted keyboards, embedded air cards, embedded GPS Units, and a driver’s license reader for future applications. Wireless data service will be provided by Verizon Wireless. CopSync, by providing mobile link access to our Justice Solutions Offense Reporting and Records Management System, will complete the total MDT package for our deputies.
The initial contract cost for CopSync service is approximately $32,000.00. This includes 23 licenses for the Sheriff’s Office and 5 licenses for the Constables. It also includes onsite installation and training for our deputies. CopSync has provided a $13,600 grant for start-up to the Sheriff’s Office bringing our initial cost to around $18,400.00. The computers, costing approximately $2800.00 each for 19 units, will total near $50,000. The start-up costs for service and equipment is being borne through our Asset Forfeiture Account at no cost to the tax payers. Subsequent annual costs will be near $25,000.00.
CopSync currently provides services to 111 counties in the State of Texas. San Jacinto County will be #112. In addition to sharing data with all users on the CopSync system, we will have real-time networking with our closest neighbors in Polk County and Liberty County. Angelina County, just this week, has also signed on with this amazing service. This information sharing program will help keep our deputies safe and potentially erase the hiding places across county lines for criminals who prey on our citizens.