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Software to integrate Camden law enforcement database
WOODBINE -- Public safety communications and data sharing between different law enforcement agencies in Camden County will receive more than $750,000 in improvements in the coming months.

The project, funded by Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds, is the culmination of a multi-year cooperative effort among members of the Camden Criminal Justice Council, which is made up of law enforcement and court personnel.

Once the new system is installed, the sheriff's office, police departments and officers of the court will use the same software interface and a shared database, said Capt. William Terrell, a county spokesman.

Data will only be entered once instead of multiple times, as is currently the case. Instead of three separate systems, the goal is to have an integrated system that is consistent across participating law enforcement and court agencies.

County officials believe the enhancements will improve cooperation between agencies, reduce redundancy and the possibility of mistakes made during data entry.

"This software purchase and the end result that it will produce is an example of what can happen when different agencies really work together for the common good," Camden County Administrator Steve Howard said. "This project demonstrates the benefit of cooperation."

Sheriff Jim Proctor said he was pleased with the decision by commissioners to fund the improvements with SPLOST funds.

"Without the board of commissioners, this very complex project would be dead in the water," Proctor said. "Thanks to their foresight and spirit of cooperation we will be able to move forward with linking these separate agencies in a way that will be simply amazing."

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at gjackson@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 464-7655.



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