Computer system upgrade gives law enforcement easier access to records


MISSOULA, Mont. - Missoula city and county governments are getting an upgrade to their computer system.

Missoula police officers say they've already seen some of the benefits.

The new system gives officers the ability to file their police reports from their vehicles. In addition they can search for information about suspects or victims and communicate more effectively with the county and the jail.

Missoula Police Department Public Information Officer Travis Welsh said while the department is still learning the ins and outs of the new system, in the long run it makes their jobs easier.

"They can not only do searches from their vehicles but they can look at booking photos, they can see things in real time as opposed to having a lag," Welsh said. "That will help them with their stops, it will help them with their field investigations."

The upgrade isn't yet complete. Two public websites, the county jail roster and the daily calls for service log are offline. Missoula county officials hope to restore both relatively soon.

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