Police Department Mobile data computers



Project Name: Mobile Computer Data

Department: Police Department

Start Date: 7/01/2023

End Date: 6/30/2028


The purchase of new mobile data terminals (MDTs) provides necessary and proper communication and safety equipment to police officers while in the field. These devices allow officers to communicate with a central dispatch office, display mappings, CAD drawings, diagrams, review the criminal history of a suspect, print reports and citations, and access safety information. This ongoing replacement program will purchase 20 new MDTs each year so that all units are replaced every 5 years to correspond with the units’ 5-year warranty.


Chapter 9 : Community Facilities and Services

Goal 4. Emergency Management

Reduce community, citizen, and employee vulnerability to hazards and improve community resilience in the face of natural and man-made disasters by employing an all-hazards, whole-of government approach to emergency preparedness, and integrating planning, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

Goal 6. Emergency Medical Services

Support a resilient, safe community through the provision of the highest quality Emergency Medical Services focused on service delivery, patient outcomes, and responder health and safety.

Goal 7. Public Safety Services

Provide safety and protection to all Charlottesville residents while building community capacity and strengthening relationships.


These are essential tools for Charlottesville police officers to quickly respond to calls for service and to file incident reports efficiently. This method of funding facilitates a staggered computer replacement schedule and also ensures the computers are replaced every 5 years. This is consistent with recommendations from the City’s IT department as the computers only carry a 5 year warranty. The new funding plan that was introduced in FY 23.

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Operating Impacts

This account will accumulate funds and allow for a rotating replacement schedule which will help minimize the need for large operating budget increases all at once.