App Holds Police Officers Accountable

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Cleveland police department wants to hold its officers accountable.

That’s why the department is using a cloud-based software system called PowerDMS.

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It’s basically a portable, electronic version of important police documents, making it easier for officers to access their policies on the go.

“We don’t have an excuse anymore,” said Sgt. Evie West, Cleveland police department. “If we’re on a scene of a domestic or in-custody death, we can look up right with our phone, our mobile device or our MDTs, mobile data terminals, and check what is the protocol. What am I supposed to do next? Who am I supposed to notify? And so now you can’t say, ‘Oh, I didn’t know I was supposed to do that. I didn’t know I was supposed to write a memo,’ because it’s all right there at our fingertips.” 

West says this app also releases the liability off the police department when it follows protocol, and off the individual officer, as well.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now at 6 and Prime News at 7 with John Mercer. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at ecassulo@wdef.com if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’