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Police service spends over $2,700 to upgrade computer program

The Moose Jaw Police Service has purchased new computer software one year ahead of schedule after determining that upgrading the program could save “a considerable amount” of money
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The Moose Jaw Police Service has purchased new computer software one year ahead of schedule after determining that upgrading the program could save “a considerable amount” of money.

The organization uses mapping technology software to help gather evidence by mapping areas such as crime scenes or serious motor vehicle collisions, Deputy Chief Rick Johns explained during the June 8 meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners. The current software subscription expired at the end of May but was not scheduled for replacement until 2022. 

The equipment reserve has $6,364.56, which is sufficient to pay for the subscription renewal of $2,704, he continued. If the police service waited until 2022 and allowed the subscription to lapse, the cost to renew would jump to more than $8,000. Therefore, it was important to move quickly to “save a considerable amount of money.”

Johns’ report noted that since the opportunity for cost savings was time-sensitive, the police service sent an email to the board asking for permission to purchase the software early. The report indicated that the commissioners agreed to the request by email. 

The next meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners is Tuesday, July 13.