Homeland Security to provide software for cops; November declared National Hospice Month
FERRIS - Executive Vice President of COPSync Randy Comer presented a 10 minute demonstration to the council on his company’s software capabilities for the Ferris Police Department Monday, Oct. 18.
COPSync, does exactly what its name describes, syncs cops.
What’s unique about the system is not only does it track the cops in the FPD but, all cops across the U.S. who have the system as well.
"Homeland Security wants to make it easier to control the boarders," said Comer.
The software provides "real-time information sharing."
If a cop is out working a accident and he needs backup, he /she will be able to instant message another cop he/she sees on the screen nearby and alert them for backup.
"The police chief will be able to monitor where all his/hers employees are at from anywhere he/she would log in," said Comer.
The council addressed the cost and Comer was able to tell members present the contract is non-binding and only says they agree to be part of the program.
"There is no cost associated whatsoever," said Comer.
" Essentially, you would get five years free and then after the five years you would need to decide what to do next."
The service includes all equipment needed including printers, hardware, software, computers and unlimited air cards from AT&T.
Councilmember Carol Wright asked if after the five years will the city be obligated to pay for any equipment.
"Everything is paid for and yours to keep," said Comer.
The council voted unanimously to approve the agreement be signed with hopes of seeing funding come through by June of next year for installation.
Mayor Rick Barrett was not present.
"This is a really wonderful thing for your city and the safety of your officers, "said Comer.
In other news, the council approved November to be National Hospice/ Palliative Care month.
Two board positions were also filled with Marla Prince taking over Greta Calvery of Waste Management’s position for the Ferris Main Street Board and Danny Satterwhite was appointed to fill the vacant seat left by Terry Murdock for the Board of Adjustments.