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Infrastructure & Citizens Services
Oklahoma Highway Patrol
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol received approval from the Governor to utilize roughly $7.6 million in CRF grants towards the following programs listed below:
- COVID-19 Protective Response Equipment – OHP delivers critical security services at Oklahoma’s Strategic National Stockpile, for the movement of the State’s PPE to the frontlines, and for the future deployment of COVID-19 vaccines, while also delivering critical law enforcement services on the State’s highways and interstates. Utilizing CRF dollars, OHP is in the midst of retrofitting officers with body cameras, face shields, and other protective equipment to ensure a healthy and functional workforce during the ongoing pandemic.
- Electronic Records Management System – OHP’s current records management process is carried out entirely by hard copies of paperwork passing through multiple levels of staff and management. Utilizing CRF, OHP will implement an electronic records management system that will bring the agency into FBI compliance while providing delivering long-term efficiencies and safer interactions with local law enforcement, the general public and other agencies throughout the state.
- Safety Answering Point Upgrade – OHP will install Safety Answering Point (PSAP) software, equipping the state agency for supporting 9-1-1 calls to enhance aid for first responders in pandemic response and future catastrophic events.
- Statewide Public Safety Radio System – OHP is establishing a statewide public safety radio system to create efficient, streamlined communication across various law enforcement agencies. This will enhance OHP’s efforts to support local law enforcement functions should local police and county sheriff offices become challenged by the virus.
- Electronic Crash Reporting -- When an officer arrives at a crash site, they must obtain the driver license, vehicle registration, and insurance information from all the parties involved. This process is currently handled manually, through written reports and mailed documentations into headquarters for manual entry into a computer system. OHP will implement a new system that safely digitizes this process, delivering long-term efficiency while also minimizing person-to-person interactions that create risks of exposure to the virus.
- Contactless Drivers License Renewals – The arrival of COVID-19 in Oklahoma prompted the agency to make driver licenses and identification cars available for renewal online. CRF funds will be leveraged to hire additional contractors to accelerate online applications and address the backlog created by the in-person authentication requirements for federal REAL-ID compliance.
OHP has filed for reimbursement for additional expenses related to COVID-19, which is visible on the transparency dashboard.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections received approval from the Governor to utilize roughly $2 million in CRF economic grants towards the following programs listed below to improve operations across 27 State facilities and enhance services to protect the health of inmates, staff, and visitors and improve operations. ODOC has filed for reimbursement for additional expenses related to COVID-19, which is visible on the transparency dashboard.
- Infrared Thermometers – Infrared screening systems will be placed at the entrances of facilities, visiting rooms and other high-traffic areas in prison facilities to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 inside prisons.
- Virtual Court Hearings – In order to facilitate court hearings virtually for inmates in State custody, ODOC is utilizing CRF resources to retrofit each facility with audio and visual equipment in designated spaces. This will reduce the potential exposure for COVID-19, while delivering efficiencies by reducing the staff and time demands that come from transporting inmates to various courthouses across the State.
- Additional IT upgrades – To improve the delivery of educational resources and public health information for both inmates and staff, ODOC is replacing outdated technology across all statewide facilities to include television screens and the introduction of mobile, computer kiosks.
Pandemic Response Real Estate Strategy
The Pandemic Response Real Estate Strategy leverages up to $1 million in CRF to develop a strategic plan to address the State’s real estate and to evaluate it in regard to the State’s current and future needs. It will take into account the recent increases in tele-work capabilities and the future design demands to improve hygiene and customer engagement. The project will deliver a more efficient management of State resources as well as safe working conditions for public employees and customers engaging with the State’s services.
Healthy Workplace Air Quality Assessment
Roughly $600,000 in CRF is being placed towards reducing the potential spread of COVID-19, and other infectious diseases, by assessing the current quality of air in State buildings, to build a plan to improve it and protect employees and visitors alike. Research has shown that poor indoor quality can increase the spread of COVID-19 and that high-quality HVAC systems in buildings can reduce the likelihood of spread. The surveying for this infrastructure project is underway.
Online Courses for Public Employees
Given the challenges of in-person training, this provides access to a large database of classes to all state employees, including support for teleworking, working in the coronavirus environment in which we now live, and business and technology courses to build skills across a broad set of topics.