New software to help Schenectady Police keep track of street patrols

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A new program in Schenectady will allow police to track which streets are being patrolled – in real time. It’s called Patrolfinder.

The software was developed by Transfinder. That’s the company the city uses to snowplow.

Patrolfinder will be installed in all department patrol cars by the end of the week.

It will help officers see which streets were patrolled each day, and what areas still need to be checked.

“We’ve already gotten feedback from residents that there’s some that we drove down their streets that they haven’t seen us in a while. So they commented that, ‘It’s been a while since I’ve seen a police car,’ so we’re already getting feedback that we’re serving the community more equitably with services,” said Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford.

Clifford said the feedback from officers has also been positive.

The company believes the public will eventually have access to the tracking software.