El Paso Council Approves Funding for District Attorney’s Information Management System
City council has approved an interlocal agreement with the county that will reimplement the District Attorney’s Information Management System (DIMS) program that provides law enforcement officials with efficiencies in filing. criminal charges.
DIMS allows a district attorney’s office prosecutor to screen criminal cases presented by law enforcement officials and determine whether prosecution is desired within hours of a person’s arrest, instead of weeks or months after an arrest.
As part of the agreement, the city of El Paso will fund 31 percent of the total program costs and the county will fund 69 percent of the total costs.
“I am very happy that we were able to resolve the issues with the previous DIMS program,” said city police chief Greg Allen. “This renewed agreement will benefit both the County and the City of El Paso by making efficient use of law enforcement resources.”
DIMS will dramatically improve the procedures and resources used by the El Paso Police Department to make arrests for criminal offenses classified as Class B and above.
As part of the deal, the district attorney’s office will provide real-time screening services to the police around the clock. The program aims to reduce officer wait times, the number of callbacks and the number of criminal cases refused.
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