Bertram Council approves purchase of new police program
April 24, 2013, 7:00 pm by
Despite budget constraints and tough economic times,
the Bertram City Council voted last night to approve an expenditure designed to
enhance law enforcement efforts within the Bertram Police Department.
The new program, COPsynch, has been under council review for more than a year, and
the group unanimously approved the program’s purchase at a cost of $25,262 during
their regular council meeting Tuesday. The cost is to be paid out over the next
COPsynch is a software program and hardware accessory combination allowing for real-time, instant messaging with other participating COPsynch agencies, instant
citation printing and card reader units for each patrol car.
Bertram Police Chief Tracy Weems presented the item for consideration to the
city council saying the program will improve the safety and convenience for officers
and the community they serve. Weems said this system will be
invaluable to his department in providing instant access to driver’s license
photos, background information and the ability to issue tickets on the scene.
The council also discussed the placement of restrictive parking signs for residents in the
Castleberry Court subdivision, which has been a volatile topic of discussion
during council meetings in the last month.
For more on this story, see Wednesday’s BurnetBulletin.