K C Cops Ticket Writing Goes Way Down

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City police have been issuing considerably fewer tickets since the department swapped paper ticket books for electronic devices.

Citations have been down more than 30 percent since the department starting using an e-ticketing system in August 2011. Citations now total about 175,000 tickets per year, compared with more than 260,000 tickets issued in 2010.

The Kansas City Star reported (http://bit.ly/18DDKh4 ) other changes have also contributed the drop, including staff reductions and the police department’s philosophy of issuing warnings, rather than zero-tolerance enforcement.

But department officials say the major factor is the technology upgrade, and particularly connectivity.

The department has been working with Sprint, which says it’s making significant progress with its networks and that Kansas City should be largely completed by the end of the year.

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