Candidate for DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick discusses enhancing County services while providing fiscal savings to taxpayers.
It’s the responsibility of any elected official to create fiscal savings to the taxpayers while simultaneously enhancing services. One area that this can be achieved is through the delivery of technology.
Our current technology occupies a large space with physical hardware servers and infrastructure equipment. This is an expensive practice which requires ongoing maintenance and costly upgrades. I propose that we leverage more technology such as cloud based solutions to ensure we reduce our overall costs. This technology can be leased and provided through information technology companies at a fraction of the cost.
Many new services can be provided to DuPage County residents with app based technologies. For example, when a deputy arrives at a call for service, verbatim testimony can be recorded from victims, witnesses or suspects, and a scene can be recorded or photographed with tablet technology. As much as 40% of a deputy’s time can be consumed by report writing. With this style of reporting not only is the report complete before leaving the scene, but has voice to dictate translation for verbatim court testimony. This will greatly reduce overtime costs due to report writing while simultaneously freeing up deputy’s time so they can patrol neighborhoods. A Sheriff’s Office application will be created that will notify residents and businesses of significant events in their areas such as burglaries, road closures, missing people or crimes in progress. These notifications will be similar to a weather notification. A two-way portal within the app will allow citizens to deliver real time intelligence to the Sheriff’s Office simply by taking pictures or recording occurrences with their smartphones and sending them to us through the app. This will allow the people to directly show us what they’re observing and help them to be an important part of the public safety solution.
Criminal history and identification of suspects will be able to be run by simply placing their hand on the pad for verification of who they are. County wide citizen surveys will be delivered to smartphones so we can solicit from the people what services they want most from their Sheriff’s Office. Then when we budget for those services, I will create an on-line budget that citizens can access on the internet so they can see their taxpayer dollars are being used for the services that they desire. Again, anyone who takes on the mantle of public service needs to prove to the people that their taxpayer dollars will be spent wisely and their services will be enhanced.