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10/25/2013

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Sarasota News Leader October 25, 2013 Page 51 Sheriff's Office changed the venue to Florida's Middle District Court in the federal system. The Naples Daily News reported on Sept. 30, 2012, that the suit alleged New World Systems "failed to install a new records management, jail management and computer-aided dispatch system by its contractually obligated deadline." The Collier Sheriff's Office is seeking the return of $1.78 million already spent on the project and damages of $15,000. The case went to mediation on Jan. 30 of this year. Snyder wants Sarasota city police to have access to all the information in the local criminal justice system, regardless of source. "The [Sarasota] sheriff's system has the ability to look at the suspect's picture, his tattoos, his prior arrests — everything. That is available to every deputy. The system we're creating won't even be able to work the warrants," Snyder pointed out. This was not the first time Snyder grilled Sarasota police officers over their plans. During a budget hearing in July, Adam Richter, the Police Department's information technology manager, admitted police on patrol "get a limited data set, a parsed-down version." Bernadette DiPino is the Sarasota police chief. Photo by Norman Schimmel "We don't have systems that interface. We need more cooperation, back and forth. We can no longer be parochial about this," said Snyder at the budget hearing in July. "We're all going to have to get on the same page." "Can our officers on the street look up On Monday, Caragiulo moved that the Police records?" asked Snyder then. "They have a Department "explore collaborative opportunities with law enforcement agencies in our limited ability," said Richter. area to create the best system we can have." "Shouldn't there be a full integration of these Commissioner Suzanne Atwell seconded the two systems?" asked Caragiulo. Police Chief motion, and it was approved unanimously. Bernadette DiPino said, "Yes." As for the contract with New World Systems, DiPino was asking for a $1.25 million increase Tucker says her staff is gathering more inforin her budget. The $850,000 contract with mation, as the commission requested. She New World Systems represented almost two- expects the issue to come back to the board thirds of that. in two weeks. %

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