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Purchase of law enforcement equipment OKed

BCSO copier and server see heavy use

POSTED February 6, 2018 10:59 a.m.

 The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved replacing aging devices serving Barton County law enforcement.

First, commissioners approved the purchase of a new copier for the Sheriff’s Office. Having made almost a million copies over the last 10 years, the current Sheriff’s Office copier needs to be replaced. Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

He recommended the current unit be traded for a Canon ImageRunner Advance C5535i from Office Products Inc. in Great Bend. With trade, the delivery price of the updated copier is $9,400. In addition, there will be a $60 monthly maintenance agreement charge. The initial cost will be paid through equipment replacement, with the Sheriff’s Office being responsible for the monthly maintenance.   

Bellendir said was surprised by how many copies the machine had made over the years. But, the copier makes copies of cases that go to attorneys, copies of accident reports that to go to victims and insurance companies and copies requested by the general public.

The sheriff said they looked at renting a machine. But, this still required the service agreement.

Besides, with the heavy use, the copier — which has a 10-year life expectancy — will pay for itself in about four years, he said. “We’d be money ahead.”

Domain servers

Next, the commission approved the purchase of new law enforcement domain servers. It has become apparent that the domain servers are not adequate to provide for the needs of the officers, Information Technology Director John Debes said. 

The current servers are at least five years old, and probably older, Debes said. In addition to routine usage on the existing system, the upload of in-car video and installation of the visitation video kiosks require updated equipment. 

“These are the backbone of the law enforcement network,” Debes said. Although they don’t store information, they are responsible for the flow of data and its security.

Debes researched options. He suggested that HP ProLiant equipment from Nex-Tech be purchased at a cost of $20,424.48. Funds are available in the Equipment Replacement Fund for the purchase. 

The other bid came from Office Products Incorporated and it was about $1,900 lower. But, Debes said he has had good luck with Nextech products and service in the past and was already familiar with them.

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