The Byron Police Department takes steps to save money and energy in this week's Middle Georgia Pride Edition of Going, Green, Saving Green.
The officers started a new paperless system a few months ago, and it's making their jobs a lot easier. Chief Wesley Cannon says, " Being able to find things in a computer sometimes is a whole lot easier than going to the records department looking through cabinets of old records."
The new computer program scans documents making everything a click away. Lieutenant Bryan Hunter says, "I can put in the description of what it is and click on it, and it will pull it up there for me."
According to Cannon, it drastically cuts down workloads, "It's going to save us #1 time, which will also save us time with money to allow our people to do other things."
Lt. Hunter says cutting back on packs of paper helps the department save money.
The new software isn't the only way the Byron Police Department is watching its carbon footprint.
"After I walk out of the office about 5 minutes later the lights go off by their self. Then when I walk in they comeback on by their self," says Hunter.
The motion censor lights help the department cut back on its electricity bills.
Another way the department is cutting back is by watching how much fuel officers use.
Lt. Hunter says officers turn off their cars when they can to help pass on savings, " To save that fuel and save on our budget and save the tax payers money," says Hunter.
The Byron Police Department is also looking into writing E-tickets, as part of an effort to save more time and money.
Chief Wesley Cannon says it's a few simple changes that are really making a lasting difference.