• New technology helping keep Savannah officers safe, connected amid COVID-19 pandemic

    By Sean Evans | March 19, 2020 at 6:59 PM EDT - Updated March 19 at 11:33 PM

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Those who keep our communities safe are adjusting to new norms. While some close interaction with the public is unavoidable, the Savannah Police Department is finding ways to limit officer-to-officer contact.

    Chief Roy Minter touched on this at a city coronavirus response meeting earlier this week, how they're finding ways for their officers to practice a little more social distancing. Thanks to new technology, that effort can now start at the beginning of each shift.

    Normally, officers would file into a patrol briefing at the beginning of a shift to get all the information they need to start the day. But now, and until concerns over COVID-19 calm, the patrol room chairs will for the most part sit empty.

    Taking the place of these meetings is a new technology platform called SmartForce. It not only will allow officers to share information to keep the community safe, it'll allow department leaders to pass along constantly developing information and guidelines regarding COVID-19.