The City of Bossier has taken the first step in moving to a centralized communications department for the Fire and Police Departments. That move involves increasing the pay of police communications officers by about $600 per month and beginning a training process that will bring them up to the certification of their fire department counterparts.
I am told that there are openings and that anyone in the department may apply and if accepted will enter the job at the rank of Lieutenant.
The Police Department is also in the process of converting to e-ticketing. The system, called the Thinkstream Mobile Suite, will allow traffic officers to fill out citations electronically, write crash and incident reports, and send information to the city's clerks system with the touch of a button.
The $680,000 cost for the Thinkstream system was budgeted into the 2010 capital budget.