The Statham Police Department has recently begun using the Georgia Electronic Accident Reporting System (GEARS).
Statham Police chief Steve Martin is very excited about the new software program.
“It’s phenomenal,” he said.
GEARS offers law enforcement tools that allow officials to complete collision reports more efficiently. High-quality consistent, accurate and timely collision information can be collected through a wizardbased application that incorporates bar code reading of driver’s licenses, unlimited narrative with spell check, integrated diagramming and point and click mapping.
Statham PD and other law enforcement agencies are now submitting their collision reports electronically.
GEARS is available to all Georgia law enforcement agencies at no cost. The Georgia Department of Transportation engaged Open Portal Solutions (OPS) to design, implement, and maintain the new electronic collision reporting service.
Jeff Holt, vice president of sales and marketing for OPS said law enforcement agencies statewide are “singing the praises” of GEARS.
“Agencies across Georgia are experiencing the ease of using the GEARS application to electronically collect and submit collision reports into the repository,” Holt said.
According to OPS, GEARS reporting takes 66 percent less time to complete than a handwritten report. GEARS also works with BuyCrash. com, a service designed to make it easier for motorists to obtain copies of vehicle collision reports. Collision reports submitted by local police departments, sheriff’s departments and state police are available on BuyCrash.com. To obtain a copy of a collision report, individuals can access BuyCrash.com, enter a few simple pieces of information, such as last name and date of collision, and locate their report.
OPS provides government and private-industry clients with Modifiable Off-The-Shelf (MOTS) products, as well as custom software development, hosted solutions, an integrated customer service/ technical support help desk and expert project management resources. OPS is headquartered in Greenwood, Indiana. For more information, visit www. OpenPortalSolutions.com.