FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 25, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346




Elizabeth, NJ – A new computer system for the Union County Sheriff’s Office is online at a fraction of the anticipated cost, thanks to a new Computer Assisted Dispatch (CAD) program written by Union County personnel.

“An outside vendor would have cost up to $500,000, with another $35,000 every year for maintenance and support,” said Alexander Mirabella, Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  “Instead, our in-house staff created a customized program at no added cost to Union County taxpayers.”

CAD systems are management tools used by law enforcement agencies to track and record the activities of officers.  They help to allocate manpower quickly and efficiently.

“Union County achieved a great savings due to the collaboration between programmer Igor Braurman from the Division of Information Technologies, and Undersheriff Vincent DeTrolio,” said Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich.  “They persisted with this project over a long period of time and the results are well worth the effort.”

Developing and refining the new CAD system took two years.  Its unique decentralized design accommodates the many different tasks of the Sheriff’s Office.  This includes prisoner transportation, fugitive investigations, process service, search and rescue activities, and crime scene investigations.

Because in-house Union County staff maintains the CAD system, there are no additional costs related to support services, updating, or adding new capabilities.  Future modifications will include the integration of electronic records storage, which will result in further cost savings by eliminating paper reporting.