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Crime & Courts

County approves agreements for new police dispatch software

Acting Kendall County Administrator Scott Koeppel (left) and Sheriff Dwight Baird speak to the County Board about changes to the KenCom dispatch service during the board's Dec. 14 Committee of the Whole meeting.
Acting Kendall County Administrator Scott Koeppel (left) and Sheriff Dwight Baird speak to the County Board about changes to the KenCom dispatch service during the board's Dec. 14 Committee of the Whole meeting.

Kendall County Board members unanimously approved four agreements related to new computer-aided dispatch and records management software to be used by the countywide KenCom dispatch agency.

The board voted at its Dec. 19 meeting to approve the agreements. Board member Tony Giles was absent from the meeting.

KenCom’s executive board approved purchasing the Tyler Technologies’ New World software in May of last year.

The board approved a licensing intergovernmental agreement between the county and KenCom where county would pay a $28,275 one-time fee and then annual maintenance of $55,682.06 through 2026; an assignment intergovernmental agreement between the county and KenCom; an agreement for law enforcement records management software for annual maintenance through 2026 not to exceed $373,960.03; and a security and operations intergovernmental agreement between the county and KenCom.

County Administrator Scott Koeppel said the new software will give the deputies on the road new capabilities to communicate with municipal police officers and fire departments.

“They’ll be able to write reports in their car now, which they couldn’t do before, and they’ll also have the CAD [computer-aided dispatch] software, which they’re used to having for the new CAD in their car, so when they get dispatched out they know we need to go to this location,” Koeppel said. “The [licensing agreement] has the cost of the software in there, which is budgeted for this year, as well as 10 years of ongoing maintenance.”

Koeppel said the cost of the records management system maintenance will go down in 2020 as KenCom picks up service for the village of Montgomery. Each municipality chips in 15 percent, with KenCom paying the remainder of the costs, he said.

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