NEJC police departments continue to add to technology

Merriam Police Officer Aaron Simmons shows a print out from the digital ticketing system.
Merriam Police Officer Aaron Simmons shows a print out from the digital ticketing system.

Northeast Johnson County police departments keep adding to their technology.

Roeland Park will become at least the second city in NEJC to add an electronic ticketing system that officers will have in their patrol cars. Merriam has been using the technology for about 18 months and officers there say the system has reduced errors, according to Major Darren McLaughlin.

Merriam also has received a grant that will pay for an electronic fingerprinting system and upgrade its video system to combine the body cameras and in-car system. The fingerprint system can be used in the police department and in court, Chief Mike Daniels said. The prints will immediately be sent to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and other print repositories. Residents will still be able to get a hard copy if needed for employment.

Several departments in NEJC have added body cameras over recent years as well.

The digital ticketing system scans the barcode on a drivers’s license and makes information immediately available to the officer. “It has changed my traffic stops,” said Merriam Patrol Officer Aaron Simmons. “It enables me to keep my eyes on the (stopped) car.”

The ticketing system eliminates any errors from handwriting and ties directly into the court management system so nothing gets lost and a driver can pay a fine online right away..

Roeland Park has received its equipment and will be putting it online soon.