New Technology to Track Fugitives and Services

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 4:48pm

About 150 people come to Good Neighbor Settlement House, on any given day, for a variety of services. And in most cases, very little is known about the client; new technology though, will soon better identify who's coming in and out of the building.

"It helps not only keeping records of not only clientele, people there for services, but it also helps with ID cards for staff, volunteers, etc," said Brownsville Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez.

The new cards will now include a fingerprint and photo ID and will serve two purposes: First, to see if anyone frequenting the non-profit is wanted by the law.

"There have been cases, that we know, where fugitives who are on the run will show up at these locations looking for food and looking for shelter. It's happened here in Brownsville," said Chief Rodriguez.

The new identification system will be run by the BPD and only they will have access to it when needing to check on a person of interest.

Now the agency itself will also greatly benefit from the more accurate tracking system. Being that the agency is a non-profit, limited resources and funds are available. The state plays a huge role in helping to keep the place going and one of the main costs is meals.

Through the course of a year the agency reports serving about 100-thousand meals to those in need, which easily costs about 200-thousand dollars.

Closer tracking of who is using what services and how often will not only help the agency with funding, but also lets the government have an in depth look at what services are needed in our area and across the state.

The chief says it's really a good resource for the police department, Good Neighbor Settlement and the community as a whole.

The system is expected to be purchase and installed by the end of the month.

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