Under the general oversight of the Community Services Captain, the Information Technology section is led by the Information Technology Manager. In addition to the Manager, there are three Information Technology positions; a Systems Analyst, a Programmer Analysts, and a Computer Specialist.
Information Technology is responsible for supporting all hardware and software systems at the Santa Barbara Police Department as well as administrating a two-county law enforcement network that supports the CLETS (California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System) Message Switching System, Cal-Gang system and Live Scan fingerprint transmissions to Department of Justice.
The Santa Barbara Police Department utilizes 150 desktop PCs, 6 notebooks, 47 mobile data computers, 16 handheld parking computers, 32 laser printers, and a myriad of other peripheral equipment that include scanners, cameras, plotters and printers. Our user population includes all full-time employees and also includes Reserve Officers, volunteers, Explorers, temporary employees, and a small number of users that work at other City, County, and State Departments that have access to portions of our systems. The Information Technology section is responsible for setting up all network access accounts and maintaining those accounts appropriately as people come and go from the Department as well as when they change job functions within the Department.
Software systems supported by the Information Technology staff include Microsoft Windows workstations and Windows, SQL and Exchange servers. Major applications include the CLETS Message Switching System (MSS), Traffic Records System (TRS), Records Management System (BUSTED), Parking Citation System, Computer Aided Dispatch System (CAD), Automated Report Writing, Office Automation, Photo Mugshot System, Gang Information System (Calgang), Document Imaging (RMS), Mobile Computer System, and Crimeview, a map-based crime analysis system. Many of these systems were written specifically for our needs and entirely or partially by in-house Information Technology staff. All are maintained by the IT section.
In addition to the user hardware and software systems, the IT section supports the foundation systems in the Computer Room. Our networks include a VAX Mini-computer System, fifteen Compaq servers, and backup devices. All cabling through the building is also the responsibility of the IT section. These foundation systems are kept operational 24 hours per day, 365 days per year by the IT staff.