Starke County Commissioners Approve Purchase of a CAD System

The Starke County Commissioners reviewed a quote from Caliber concerning a new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system for the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

The system would be $253,555 for dispatch, mobiles, Mobile RMS and InterAct RMS, while the JailTracker software would be an additional $55,394 for a total cost of just about $309,000. After the second year of usage, an annual maintenance fee will go into effect that is $23,597.

If approved, the county would pay half of the cost at the signing of the contract, and the other half upon the completion of the project. It would take about six months before the system is operable.

IT Director Richard Franks said Starke County EMA Director J. Nier is applying for a grant to help with the cost of the project.

Franks said the upgrade should be done soon as the current system may not meet compliance to support securities. He also mentioned that each police agency that uses the system could pay for mobiles and toward the annual maintenance.

The commissioners approved a motion to approve the contract with Caliber for the new system upon the review of the contract by County Attorney Marty Lucas.