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Police install new computer software system

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SPRING HOPE — Officers with the Spring Hope Police Department are familiarizing themselves with a new software system that connects them to first responder agencies across Nash County and nationwide.

Known as Zuercher, the system is shared by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office; all county fire and emergency medical services; and police departments in Nashville and Sharpsburg.

“Having this system creates a more effective response for officers responding to a scene as they will have all available information at their fingertips before arriving,” Spring Hope Police Chief Nathan Gant said in an update to the town board earlier this month.

Gant said the system also connects to agencies across the country as well.

“This system can be used as a valuable investigative tool for linking individuals, crimes and suspects together, which will aid in solving incidents faster,” Gant said.

Zuercher is a comprehensive system, encompassing computer-aided dispatch, mapping, records management, mobile CAD and records, jail management, civil process, criminal investigations, crime analysis, agency financial, agency administration and more, according to information from the software company based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Middlesex Police Chief Mike Collins said his department isn’t using the system.

Bailey Police Chief Steve Boraski said he has to review whether his department can afford the system.

“I’m still trying to get a third full-time officer,” Boraski said.