Akron administrators will buy software to track behavior of police, fire and first responders

Akron council is eager to track how its first responders, police and firefighters are performing.

The public body waived the usual second reading Monday and passed legislation to purchase software that will help monitor the behavior of public safety employees, including when, where and how often police officers show up to work late, discharge pepper spray, fire their weapons or damage their cruisers.

The goal, said Charles Brown, deputy mayor of public safety, is not to penalize employees for bad behavior.

“It’s really focused on getting the employees on the right track,” said Brown, who joined police and fire lieutenants Monday afternoon to request $43,000 from City Council to buy the programs.

City administrators will use the money to buy two programs, IAPro and BlueTeam, from software developer CI Technologies, a company that helps public safety managers ensure the integrity of cops and firefighters in more than 600 departments in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

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