Plans are moving ahead for the Michigan State Police to take over an award-winning Saginaw County police records sharing system and put it into use statewide.
The Saginaw News reports the county this week gave Sheriff William Federspiel permission to accept a $6.6 million grant that will help the database be converted to a statewide records sharing system.
The computer system links squad cars to police records. It won an award from the Michigan Government Management Information Sciences in 2008 for "Best Technology Project."
Former Saginaw County Sheriff Charles L. Brown developed the system in 2006 to link police reports and other records with most of Saginaw County's law enforcement agencies. Officials say it has since grown to 52 agencies in 10 Michigan counties.
Information from: The Saginaw News, http://www.mlive.com/saginaw