Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,317,000)
The Spokane Police Department Technology Improvement plan is a series of nine projects with the purpose of improving technology to augment staff, improve outcomes for crime victims, replace antiquated technologies, and improve officer safety. Primary activities include the purchase and implementation of the following: a drive test scanner to validate the results of cellular provider search warrant information, cameras for use by the K9 unit, Special Investigations Unit, Major Crimes Unit, Special Victims Unit, and Corporals, training/conference room technology systems, drones for the Air Support Unit, a communication software for 911 callers and crime victims (SPIDR) which will provide automated information regarding calls for service and investigations as well as surveys to gauge department response and pro-active safety communications, interview room recording system (Axon), digital forensics tools (Cellebrite), technical training, and gunshot detection in the downtown core (EAGL). Expected outcomes include overall technological improvements, a reduction in staff time to accomplish the department’s mission, and the implementation of tools that improve officer safety. The service area is predominantly the City of Spokane, with some limited benefits to Eastern Washington as a whole. Intended beneficiaries are individuals/businesses living, working, and operating in the City limits as well as the dispatchers, officers, detectives, and support staff serving the community.