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Richland Police Department's Cutting Edge Technology Gaining National Attention

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RICHLAND, WA. - NBC Right Now learns the Richland Police Department's cutting edge Smartforce technology is gaining national attention.

Microsoft released a case study on the software this week. It's equivalent of $450,000 of officer work time in a year and about five times what a single officer could do. The Richland Police Department has been using Smartforce for the better part of this year.

Information sharing and 24/7 access from anywhere makes it ideal for officers. It includes much less paperwork and white boards. Microsoft's report shows it saves three hours of non-productive time per officer per week.  And now it seems this technology is catching on.

"People want to know about that and they want to learn about it. They're using us as kind of a template on how to do some of these things. It's a pretty significant recognition," said Captain Mike Cobb with the Richland Police Department.

Chief Chris Skinner has traveled all over the country doing presentations on smart-force. In a few weeks, he'll show it off  at the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Philadelphia.

The Justice Department is even looking into taking parts of this and making it a best practice for police departments nationwide.

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