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Kettering to spend $624,000 to upgrade police systems

The city of Kettering plans to spend $624,000 to update and replace the police department’s current computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and records management system (RMS).

City Manager Mark Schwieterman told City Council that the current Cisco system used by police for CAD and RMS is no longer supported and serviceable. He said the staff recommended the city enter into a contract with Spillman Technologies to replace both of those systems.

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“The estimated cost is $624,000,” Schwieterman said. “At the end of the day, our computer-aided design system will be the same for both police and fire utilizing the Spillman system.”

Council voted unanimously to proceed with the upgrade, and that was good news to Police Chief Chip Protsman.

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“It is a significant upgrade for us. As a matter of fact, we have had our CAD and RMS system since the 1980s,” he said. “This is also the system that is going to be used by both the police department and the fire department, which obviously is an advantage to us because our dispatch center does both police and fire.”

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