MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker's budget plan denies funding for a high-tech file-sharing network that allows officers to transmit documents electronically and detect criminals' movements across jurisdictions.
The lack of money could cripple the Wisconsin Justice Information System. Contributions to the network have lagged, but the move could force dozens of police departments to revert to a pen-and-paper system and close down inter-agency connections the system's proponents say are crucial for resource-strapped investigators trying to connect the dots in a post-Sept. 11 world.
"To lose that WIJIS gateway because of funding is just ... it would be like, OK, here you got a horse. Today we're going to give you a brand new car. And then next week we're taking away the car and giving you a mule," said Gillett Police Chief Gary Pemrich. "If we lose it, someone could very well get hurt."
The network was envisioned as a Google for cops. It enables officers to transmit citations to prosecutors and judges from squad car laptops, saving the time it would take to drive to the county seat and hand deliver the paperwork at the courthouse.
I don't know what this guy is trying to do to Wisconsin, but it is not good.