City Council approves crime-fighting software for St.Pete Police

Pinellas County

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Thursday St. Petersburg City Council voted to approve a $400K+ budget to increase police efficiency in an effort to increase community safety.

The council approved a 3-year blanket purchase agreement with Environmental Systems Research Institute Incorporated, a sole source supplier for Geographic Information System software to support the police department. It costs taxpayers $147,450 a year and $442,350 for the 3-year contract.

For more information about crime happening St.Petersburg and to see the system in use, click here. For more information about crime happening now in Pinellas County, click here.

We rode along with Lieutenant Markus Hughes to talk about how technology has changed over time since he’s been in the businesses the past 20 years. He says back in they day detectives had to layout maps and use thumbtacks to study crime and try to draw trends and patterns. Now, this software is able to do hours of work at the click of a button.

The St.Petersburg Police Assistant Chief said this software changes the way offers do their job. In the past they’ve been reactive to crime, now they can all be proactive and look for crime trends to get ahead of the crime or catch criminals in the act.

Watch Christine McLarty’s full report tonight on News Channel 8

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