Huntington Police Department - Huntington, WV

Systems Management Bureau

This bureau was created in 2011 to manage the ever-increasing technological demands on policing.

Motor fleet, evidence, property and records management fall under this command. In 2012, the Property Unit processed 1,562 cases containing 3,561 items of property were logged. 700 cases were disposed of and over 200 cases were submitted to the West Virginia Crime lab for analysis. The Records Division processed 11,829 reports.

HPD is in various stages in the implementation process of a number of technology based project aimed at improving efficiency, transparency, and improving the quality of service to the community. The completion and maintenance of these projects are essential to the success of the Huntington Police Department. Kohson Perkins, IT coordinator for the department, is tasked with this responsibility. His knowledge, skill and abilities have authenticated him as a valuable asset to the department.

During 2012, the Systems Management Bureau has been responsible for maintaining the department's interoperable digital radio system. Kohson Perkins and Captain Rohrig underwent specialized training in the programing and maintenance of the department's radios.

The in-car video system recording citizen/officer contacts, GPS and computer aided dispatch systems have been fully implemented and have greatly contributed to officer efficiency and transparency for the department. Future operations will focus on maintaining and improving these valuable systems.

Systems Management Personnel have also been tasked with maintenance of the city's 26 cameras located at various locations in our city. Systems Management Personnel have designed configured and administered the addition of three new cameras to the "Firetide HotPort" mesh network. The unit identified reliability issues with the existing Fairfield West camera network. Work was performed to address those issues increasing its reliability and operability.

Work on the electronic report management system continued. Part of this work involved the installation of 27 new computer terminals in the department's vehicles. This system will be completed and fully operational in early 2013, allowing the department's officers to complete initial and supplemental reports directly to one central system, ensuring comprehensive data collection and retrieval capabilities in an efficient and streamlined manner.

During 2012 Systems Management identified a number of programs requiring modernization. One such program is the department's "Mugshot" system and the patrol vehicle's modems. The unit is currently developing plans and estimates for upgrading and these two vital systems.

Motor fleet, evidence, property and records management fall under this command. In 2012, the Property Unit processed 1,562 cases containing 3,561 items of property were logged. 700 cases were disposed of and over 200 cases were submitted to the West Virginia Crime lab for analysis. The Records Division processed 11,829 reports.