FALLS CITY – The Richardson County Sheriff’s Office is converting to electronic citations.
Sheriff Don Pounds told county commissioners Tuesday that a $6,400 grant from the Nebraska Crime Commission will provide printers and software compatible with in-car computers to create tickets.
Pounds: “In this day and age they want to go to everything digital, so there aren’t papers being lost and It’s a lot more efficient. Things are being submitted instantly instead of a paper trail taking maybe a week to get from our office to the county attorney.”
Nebraska started a pilot project with electronic citation in 2003, when the Nebraska State Patrol began issuing electronic tickets to commercial motor carriers.
Sheriff Pounds said he supports conversion to electronic citations for reliability.
Pounds: “There will be hand-held scanners where they can scan the bar codes on licenses and registrations, so there’s a lot less chance of errors of officers transcribing it by pen.”
Ticket information will also be sent electronically to the crime commission to update enforcement data.
The crime commission reports a dramatic increase in traffic stops in Richardson County over a three-year period.
There were 668 reported stops in 2013 compared to 3,400 stops in 2016.