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Tulsa Police Software Ancient - In Use Since 1976

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Dig through the Channel 8 archives and the 70's spring to life. Old rotary phones, smoking in the workplace, the need to cutback in the face of rising gas prices at 96 cents a gallon.

"I uh, take the bus to work and only drive when I absolutely have to," said one man.

A fond trip down memory lane, except for the Tulsa police department.

"It's embarrassing that we have this in place," said Tulsa city councilor GT Bynum, shocked to learn that the software currently in use by TPD is technologically ancient.

"Everything our police department uses related to crimes goes into this system that was built by city of Tulsa computer science engineers in 1976," he said.

The TRACIS system, built in an era when computers and style had substance, when getting to know someone meant asking, "What's your sign?" And disco? Well, TPD has kept that alive too.

"I did Disco in the 70's," said officer Craig Murray, trying to boot up his laptop to give us a glimpse of the system...

"Well, it's uh, logging in..."

And that's the modern-ish equipment. As for the 70's software, it affects information flow.

"Sharing stuff is a big thing," said Murray.

"You may have someone who's committing robberies in Tulsa and suspect was committing the exact same types in Jenks and Broken Arrow and Sand Springs, and up to this point it's been difficult for us to know that," said Bynum.

"We have to run them through our teletype, or we have to run them through our records, and its again, two separate radio systems, channels that we have to go to but it might be something that could be utilized all with the click of a button," said Murray.

The upgrade cost? Roughly $7 million, possible to be put before the voters this November so the software can finally be put to rest. But don't touch Disco. Disco lives forever.

"Hey I wasn't called 'Super Craig in the Nighttime' for nothing," said Murray.

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