HAYS, KS -- Thanks to a grant from the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, the FHSU Police Department will now be able to update its computer system.
The grant application, which was completed in October, was approved by the KCJCC on Dec. 17. Detective Ed Howell of the FHSU Police Department received written notification of the approval on Dec. 29.
Ninety percent of the $10,000 grant is provided by federal funding while FHSU will provide a 10 percent match of $1,000.
Funding will allow upgrading or replacing of the department's personal computers and will provide a dedicated network computer system to house "Kansas Criminal Justice Information files." Additionally, outdated computer systems and software will be replaced and an independent and secure server will be purchased to be used with state and federal agencies.
Once the computer system is operational, the department will be able to electronically generate, track and submit Kansas Department of Transportation accident reports and Kansas Bureau of Investigation offense reports in a nearly paperless fashion.
Such improvements are expected to help eliminate 50 percent of duplication in record keeping and improve management of internal records by 90 percent.
At the time of the grant application, six of the department's computers were not yet Y2K compliant and the server on which the computers operated was shared with several other university departments.
Barring any unanticipated problems, the new system is expected to be fully operational within 180 days.