State to take over sheriff’s database


Saginaw County has granted the sheriff permission to sign off on a grant worth over $6,000,000.

The money will be used to convert the Saginaw County Sheriff’s record database to a statewide information sharing system.

It’s called the Area Records Management System database, or ARMS. It provides information to more than 1,500 individual users.

Officials said participating agencies pay a 267-dollar-per-officer annual fee to use the system.

First Lieutenant Allan Renz is with the Michigan State Police.

“The main thing here is this is just good police work. This is good collaboration between all of these law enforcement agencies and come together, and work as one team to combat crime in order to have a positive outcome. And using this data in order to make a difference to the citizens of the state of Michigan,” Renz said.

Renz said the goal is to grow the number of users to at least 6,000 within the next five years.

He said the more users the system has, the more self-sustainable it will be and the more money it will save for local agencies and communities.