CourtNotify from Orion Communications Saves the Dallas Police Department Money, Time and Resources
As city and county budgets get tighter this fiscal year, managers and administrators are looking at ways to reduce costs without negatively impacting services. In analyzing local police department budgets, it is clear that a large portion of police overtime is spent on unnecessary officer court attendance. Often times labor intense court administration and subpoena notification processes negatively impact this portion of an agency’s overtime funds. Fortunately, the CourtNotify Electronic Subpoena System offers a significant cost control solution.
In 2000, the City of Dallas was facing a $30 million budget shortfall for the 2000-2001 fiscal year. At that time, the First Assistant City Manager pulled together an Efficiency Team (E-Team) to work with a national consultant in order to find areas where inefficient operations were costing the city money.
E-Team representatives from the Dallas Police Department identified approximately $4.2 million in funds that were being allocated to Court overtime. Furthermore, the paper-based subpoena notification process was draining manpower and resources for both the Police Department and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.
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