Council to consider $322829 for police laptops, hardware – Fairfield Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — Sixty-five Panasonic laptops and vehicle mounting hardware will be bought for Fairfield police cars in a $322,829 proposal the City Council takes up Tuesday.

Existing laptops bought in 2010 are outdated and have begun to fail, a city staff report said.

Sworn police and community services officers use the laptops to receive dispatched incident data and GPS-based directions to incidents, the report said.

“They are critical in the filed, allowing officers themselves to run vehicle license plates or check a person for warrants, rather than request it over-the-air from dispatch,” the report adds.

“Officers also write reports in the patrol car rather than in the office, thereby allowing officers to remain out in the field longer,” the report states.

Existing laptops can only support the Windows XP operating system, which is no longer supported by Microsoft. The touchscreen has failed on 35 percent on the laptops and three are out of service for hardware failure, according to the report.

Costs include extended warranty and related accessories.

City Council members meet at 6 p.m. in the chamber at 1000 Webster St.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected].

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