Reporting Brian New
DALWORTHINGTON GARDENS (CBSDFW.COM) - When the number of traffic warrants began to rival the number of people living in Dalworthington Gardens (population 2,259), the police chief said enough was enough.
“As of last year, we had a backlog of about $1.3 to $1.4-million of warrants,” said Chief Bill Waybourn.
So this past year his north Texas police department became the first in the country to start tracking traffic warrants with the software system – StreetCred.
Before using the software, for every fugitive a warrant officer would search as many as a dozen websites looking for updated addresses, employment records, and pictures.
Chief Waybourn said all this time spent behind the desk is not needed with StreetCred.
With the software, by the time an officer logs onto his computer in his patrol vehicle, StreetCred has created a top ten traffic fugitive list, mapped out their locations, and many times has found a picture of the fugitive as well as the fugitive’s vehicle.
“We are doing the grunt work that needs to be done so the cops can actually do their work,” said StreetCred inventor Officer Nick Selby.
By using more than a hundred variables, StreetCred gives each fugitive a score.
The higher the score, Selby said, the quicker and more profitable the fugitive should be to catch.
“The goal is to locate people quickly and bring in as much money as we can to the city,” said Selby.
Since installing the software, the Dalworthington Gardens Police Department said collections on traffic ticket fines have more than doubled.
Chief Waybourn said he hopes as more drivers discover they can’t get away more will choose to pay their traffic fines.
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