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The Bethel Board of Finance has approved $125,500 for the police department so they can upgrade computer-aided dispatch and records management system software.  With the current system, which is about 15 years old, officers can only write accident reports up at the station.  The Board of Selectmen previously signed off on the request.  Bethel is the only police department in the Northeast to use this vendor, so they're looking to use NexGen, which nearly every other Connecticut municipality uses.  System upgrades are done automatically and free as part of the service agreement.  Bethel Police currently hand write tickets and mail it to the state to be included in the computer system, but with the new software, an e-ticket can be generated at the scene.  This will also meet a new state requirement going into effect. A town meeting is not be required for the funding because it was included in the capital budget approved by residents in the last budget referendum.

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