Law enforcement agencies ability to share info in limbo


HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – Local law enforcement agencies all use the same computer system to look up information on the scene.

But upgrading by Hamilton County will soon take the Sheriff’s Office out of the loop, unless it hires a new technician.

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Don Gorman of the Sheriff’s Office made the request for an $83,000 a year network specialist at the county commission meeting this morning.

Gorman said changes at the Chattanooga Police Department made it necessary.

But CPD says it was actually the county that upgraded and put that information on a cloud storage site – and out of reach for the police and several other law enforcement agencies.

One commissioner was not happy with the request.

Commissioner Tim Boyd said, “This is just totally unacceptable. We’ve got 150,000 plus citizens in the city of Chattanooga, and their police department can’t communicate with the Sheriff’s Department via computer, that is . . . gee whiz!! I don’t know what to say. I’m shocked!”

Lt. John Chambers with the Chattanooga Police Department say local agencies knew about the potential problems for 2 years.

Lt. Chambers said, “The Red Bank Police Department, the Collegedale Police Department, the Cleveland City Police Department, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office – none of those agencies have access to that information right now, because Hamilton County switched their RMS systems, now it is my understanding they do plan on reconnecting that.”

Commissioner Tim Boyd demanded a full report about the computer conflict.