Grant to put MACCS in cruisers

📸 Leicester Police Department courtesy photos

LEICESTER — Local police will be able to do their administrative work more efficiently and effectively while limiting roadside dangers through new technology funded through a grant.

Leicester Police Chief Kenneth M. Antanavica announced on Friday the department will receive a grant from the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. The funds will be used to acquire the Motor Vehicle Automated Citation and Crash System (MACCS), Antanavica said.

“This system has many benefits to the officers on the street as well as administratively,” Antanavica said in a statement. “The greatest benefit to using MACCS is that it expedites the officer’s ability to capture pertinent information about a crash or motor vehicle violation, quickly print necessary documentation, and subsequently reduce the length of exposure to roadside dangers for both the officers and citizens involved.”

This will be done in part by the acquisition of printers for each patrol vehicle, eliminating the need for officers to fill out accident exchange forms by hand and later manually inputting the data at the police station.

According to Antanavica, the system will improve officer safety, streamline data collection, improve data quality, eliminate redundant data entry processes across agencies, improve timeliness of reporting to state and federal entities, and make data available to law enforcement agencies.

“LPD officers are excited to hear about this technology coming to the department by the fall, and the best part is the project is entirely funded by a grant with no cost to the town,” Antanavica said.

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