Springfield Police eye paperless system

Springfield -- Springfield Police are getting ready to go digital, shelving a hand-written system that's been in place for years.


 The department is one of the last of its size in the state to still have officers write reports by hand.


The hand-written reports are scanned into a computer system after they're reviewed by supervisors. Names and ages are also keyed into a computer system so they can be searched.


But city officials hope to change that.


Police Chief Robert Williams has called a paperless system "priority No. 1" for the department.


And authorities hope to make the switch in the next year.


Springfield leaders allocated an extra $300,000 in the budget this year to pay for upgrades necessary to make the switch.