HELENA-WEST HELENA, AR (October 9, 2012)— Helena-West Helena (H-WH) Municipal Police Department is proud to announce the launch of a Public Safety Automation and Modernization project that will radically transform and modernize the police department. The project was funded in part through a Delta Bridge Project Grant. Relativity, Inc., a Jonesboro, Arkansas based company, has been chosen as the provider.
Due to the city’s high violent crime rates and the limited ability of the H-WH Municipal Police Department’s paper crime reporting system, the need for improved operations has been clear for more than four years now, when the police department first began pursuing this project. The current level of crime in H-WH presents one of the largest barriers to community revitalization. In response, the H-WH Mayor’s office, Police Department and the Delta Bridge Project have implemented the Relativity Public Safety Software (RPS) solution to securely and efficiently track all aspects of police work.
The project consists of a data quality audit, software installation, training, and process consulting. The consulting aligns the department’s goals, processes and procedures to maximize the utilization of the scarce personnel and financial resources. The components include Computer Aided Dispatch, Offense/Incident Case Management, Warrant, Evidence and Collection Management. The project will be fully functional by the beginning of 2013.
The new RPS system is capable of expansion to include mobile operations, court automation, Sheriff’s office, and Jail operations. The hope is for the Court and Sheriff’s Department to obtain funding in the near future to join in to expand the project to provide a full-circle public safety information system for Phillips County.
“The implementation of this computer based reporting system will lead to systemic changes within our department”, said Chief Wallace, H-WH Municipal Police Department. “It’s taken us four years to get here, so we are very excited to begin improving our reporting systems and processes to improve our service to the public.”
Equipping local law enforcement with needed technology is a key goal in the tourism section of the 2010-2020 Phillips County Strategic Community Plan. The Delta Bridge Project is a community-led effort unifying citizens to spur development in the Delta region. It has helped leverage over $ 105 million in new investments for Phillips County, Arkansas. The Delta Bridge Project is managed by Southern Bancorp Community Partners; a 501c3 nonprofit that supports comprehensive community based economic development.
Helena-West Helena Police Department – Chief Uless Wallace (870)572-3421, Relativity, Inc. – Dillon Watkins – (870) 802-3622.