Oklahoma cops filing reports from patrol cars
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Mar 13, 2000
The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety recently outfitted 50 of the state's
highway patrol cars with software that enables troopers to file accident
report forms and daily activity reports from the field.
The FormRunner software, developed by IBM Corp., is part of a system that
enables Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers to completely fill out collision
reports and their accompanying forms from their cars, as well the department's
individual activity report.
The system provides workflow for approval, revision and storage of reports
completed in FormRunner. The troopers can also complete their reports while
they are disconnected from the system and electronically file them later
from their barracks, homes or ODPS headquarters in Oklahoma City.
"We have already seen a noticeable increase in efficiency, and we expect
to see more," Lt. Jeff Elliott, who oversees the program, said in a release.
"The reports are more accurate, the approval process will be much faster
and we are reducing paper and eliminating handwritten entries."
The ODPS plans to expand the program later in the year.
Other agencies using FormRunner include: the Arkansas State Police; the
Missouri State Highway Patrol; Hamilton County, Ohio; the North Carolina
State Highway Patrol; and several local North Carolina police departments.