Board approves $20 million outlay for sheriff’s tech acquisitions

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco's request for roughly $20 million in outlays over the next decade to acquire and maintain advanced equipment for records management and dispatch resources. The board's 5-0 vote without comment came after the sheriff submitted documents showing most of the current hardware and software employed for computer-aided dispatch, the records management and jail management systems are outdated, and investments are needed to ensure the sheriff's department has technology on hand to meet needs going forward. Bianco said the Eyering Research Institute and Cobol-based systems that operate databases and platforms key to agency functions were procured in the 1980s, and a Microsoft 2008 SQL server is
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