Edmonton police have tested a new system for how you can report what you need to do when you get into a fender bender. Not only does it work, it’ll soon be province wide.
“It’s allowed patrol members to complete reports for collisions much faster, allowing us to get back onto the street and actually spend our time going to other calls as well instead of sitting on that collision call so long, trying to complete the paper work while on scene,” said Cst Kate Johnson at a show and tell at Police Headquarters.
Cst. Kate Johnson
Gone are the days where there’s a ton of paper work done both on site, and back at the police station. Johnson can now punch key messages into a computer screen inside her cruiser,
“My times on scene now are a lot quicker getting those reports done. Just getting everybody out of there as well is important because it clears out the traffic. Gets everybody off the scene quicker too which is good.”
The format and info are pre-approved by the ministry. “We enter it right into the computer in the car and it populates a list right from Alberta Transportation,” Johnson told reporters. “It’s much faster that way and it cuts out the paper work side of it for us having to sit there and write it as well as going back to the station and having to do the reporting at the station as well.”
Terry Wallace, with Alberta Transportation said Calgary is in the testing stage, and soon other municipalities will be on board. “Once we have the two major forces in the province put on eCruiser then we’ll look at moving some of the other police services over. We’re currently talking to the RCMP. Because their computer systems are a little bit different there’s a whole different level of interface with the RCMP.”
“Once we get more of the agencies on board, it’s not going to take long to pay for itself.”
He said between Edmonton and Calgary, that’s more than two thirds of the more than 100-thousand collisions we see every year.