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December 11, 2013

OCSO to purchase new computer software

ORANGE — While the Sheriff’s Employees Union Contract negotiations are still a work in progress, according to County Judge Carl Thibodeaux, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is moving forward with new computer software.

Sheriff Keith Merritt asked the court for permission to enter into an agreement with Spillman Technologies for software and the four commissioners gave unanimous consent during their Monday meeting.

“This is a 100 percent revamping software,” Merritt said. “We have no choice and no upgrades.”

Merritt said the technology was not keeping up, the vendor was not offering support and this was an issue the office has been addressing for several years.

“We are paying $33,450 for support and there is none,” Merritt said. “We are trying to be proactive before we get the call that the vendor is no longer here.”

The funds for the purchase are from the Federal Asset Forfeiture Funds.

Commissioner Pct. 1 David Dubose said he was concerned if the transformation in software would be negative for the citizens.

“This will not affect response times?” Dubose asked.

Merritt said the program could aid in quicker response times as well as save the deputies time and fuel.

“This is a very large project for the Sheriff’s Office,” Merritt said. “Possibly the largest ever. We did a lot of research before deciding to go with Spillman Technologies.”

A company representative said the company has thousands of customers with a handful of clients in Texas. The cost will be the same for the office through the year 2020.

 

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