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City and KC Police Department merge IT operations

Expect savings of $6.5 million over five years to fund innovation for police work

Post Date:06/10/2019 2:13 PM

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2019

After more than a year of behind the scenes work, the IT divisions for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Kansas City Police Department have merged to save money and create more efficient operations for both agencies.

The move results in a savings of $6.5 million over five years. That money already is being invested back into technology that will soon enable KCPD to start using an e-ticketing system designed for smart phones.

“This is a significant development for our IT Department because it directly addresses the need to find efficiencies throughout our operation,” said City Manager Troy Schulte. “I believe this also sets the stage for us as a City to continue strengthening the working relationship we have with our outstanding police department.”

The savings mainly come from:

  • Eliminating duplication of hardware
  • Merging software and maintenance contracts
  • Energy savings. Operating one data center instead of two reduces energy use, which also will lower the carbon footprint, in line with the city’s KC Green and Climate Protection programs.

Another good thing about this union is that no jobs are being lost. In fact, the city’s IT division has been cut dramatically in recent years, so this merger allows both agencies to benefit from shared expertise as they work together in the same data center.

It’s also a great example of the City and the police department cooperating more closely with shared support system. There used to be separate fuel stations for police and city vehicles, but that operation also has been combined.

"We are working together more closely than we ever have before," KCPD Chief Rick Smith said. "We are sharing knowledge, sharing space and saving money."

For more information, contact City Communications Director Chris Hernandez at 816-513-3474 or KCPD Media Unit at 816-234-5170.

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