It seems that everything is going high-tech these days, even traffic tickets.

It seems that everything is going high-tech these days, even traffic tickets.

The Gahanna Division of Police is asking Gahanna City Council to approve a request to join with other Franklin County law-enforcement agencies in purchasing a "mobile traffic- and parking-ticket solution."

That "solution" is a machine that would be installed in police cruisers, along with other high-tech gadgets, such as a laptop computer.

The device is a small, Bluetooth-capable machine on which the officer would write a ticket. The machine has a tiny printer capable of producing a copy of the ticket.

In the past, officers, at the end of a shift, would have to record the tickets issued. With the new system, they only have to plug in the machine.

"These automated citation devices will allow our officers to reduce the time spent on the issuance of traffic/parking citations." Gahanna police Lt. Jeff Spence said. "This will also cut down on the administrative time we devote to processing paper-form citations."

The $49,894 grant to pay for the machine is coming from the federal government. The amount each community would receive is based on the FBI's Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistics, which show the number of crimes per capita in each area.

Franklin County would serve as the fiscal agent for all law-enforcement agencies, hence the need to get council's approval.

The ordinance to get that approval was submitted Monday. Next week, Gahanna City Council is set to act on the request.

Gahanna police have another high-tech gadget in the works, too: the ability to text a 911 message.

The system would allow those in an emergency situation to send a text message, a picture and/or a video to the police department.

The current 911 equipment and operating system at the Gahanna Police Department have been in use since the 1990s.

Police are asking council's permission to spend $75,000 to upgrade the technology. The measure was introduced to council on Monday and could be approved as early as next week.

Gahanna wants to buy the microDATA's Next Generation 9-1-1 Solution system, Spence said.

This platform currently is in use at the MECC and soon will be implemented in Whitehall, he said.

By getting everyone on the same technological page, so to speak, "we will be able to greatly improve our E-911 call-taking/routing capability and will be prepared for the implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1 technology."

That next step in technology, he said, involves the "receipt and transfer of cellular text, image and sound files."