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Springfield Police Asking for Upgrade

Updated: Thursday, January 30 2014, 11:12 PM CST

It's that time of year for cities across the country balancing their budget. Springfield city council is currently reviewing a $599.1 million dollar budget submitted by Mayor Mike Houston. About 12 departments make up the city of Springfield's budget for 2015. Many of them are asking for upgrades this year.
However, Springfield city council say money is tight and Springfield Police say they are long overdue for equipment upgrades.

Springfield Police hope to get software that allows officers to file reports from the field. That will help keep more officers on the street. It's just one of a number of technology upgrades in the 2015 fiscal year budget aimed at deterring crime in the City of Springfield.

Police hope to put cameras at intersections to monitor crime. Those cost $13,000 a piece. Even with departments asking for so much council expects a smooth process this year.

""It's an open process. Is somebody in the community or somebody on the council thinks you know what, that doesn't seem right then we get to ask questions about it and this year we haven't seen too much of that," said Ward 1 Alderman Frank Edwards.

Council is expected to vote on the city's budget for the 2015 fiscal year at their first or second meeting in February. Police admit they could spend well over one million dollars for technology upgrades. For now, they are prioritizing their expenses to ones that will benefit the community the most.

Some technology upgrades were included in the last city budget. Police expect their second sky watch system to arrive in the next few weeks. Sky watch is normally used to detect crime at festivals and other larger gatherings.

Springfield Police Asking for Upgrade


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