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Money counters, other tools help police agencies save money

Money counters, other tools help police agencies save money

Technology has always played a central role in fighting crime, but law enforcement agencies can experience even more immediate improvements by using automated cash counters to process seized money. Government institutions can always benefit from new internal strategies that increase productivity and make it easier for these organizations to complete their jobs effectively.

Maximizing efficiency was the main reason the police department in Moss Point, Ala., decided to invest in electronic ticket writers to reduce the time it takes to process traffic violations during roadside stops. Police Chief Keith Davis told The Mississippi Press that the new technology will make it easier for the agency to make the most effective use of taxpayer dollars. The less time officers have to spend on the road writing tickets, the more time they can devote to other important tasks or investigations. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the Madison Police Department has introduced similar cost-cutting tools into its daily operations. The newspaper reported that police are now using predictive analytics to prevent break-ins and thefts at local households.

Automated money counters can lead to even further improvements in police investigations. Police officers spend a substantial amount of time every day tracking down large quantities of cash associated with drug-related crime or robberies. Once agencies acquire this money, the process of manually counting the bills and recording serial numbers to detect any potential counterfeit denominations can slow down other important responsibilities. However, with the right technology, these agencies can electronically count seized cash in a matter of minutes while simultaneously scanning the bills for evidence purposes. Embracing these tools, as well as other cost-saving machines, can help local law enforcement institutions fight crime more efficiently and continue operating at full capacity during temporary budget cuts.

03/31/2014