The State Law Enforcement Division is spending more than $5 million to overhaul its decades-old technology system and better protect massive amounts of electronic data that's critical to protecting officers and the public and keeping the judicial branch running.
Chief Mark Keel says he knew when he took the agency's helm in 2011 that it had severe technology deficiencies. But he hadn't questioned the agency's backup power supply - until July, when a series of power failures kept its drunken-driving database offline for a month.
Keel says the agency has learned a lot from the experience.
SLED expects to spend more than $250,000 to update and double up on its backup power system. Meanwhile, about $5 million worth of purchase orders for the infrastructure overhaul went out last week.