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Bridgeport police department’s network fails audit

By Racey Burden | Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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The city of Bridgeport will need to upgrade its police department’s network infrastructure after failing a recent audit.

Bridgeport Information Technology Manager Mike Dobbs explained to the council Monday night the FBI periodically audits the department’s Criminal Justice Information Service (CJIS) system, which contains warrants and criminal history information, and it failed the last audit.

“We failed on our network infrastructure,” Dobbs said. “When this network was originally designed they designed it as one big network; so City Hall is on the same network as the police department, the police department is on the same network as the library – it’s all one big unit. According to [the FBI’s] specifications, the police department has to be separate.”

Dobbs said some resources could still be shared, but the police department’s network would require more security restrictions. City staff recommended hiring network contractor Viyu to redesign the network to comply with the FBI audit. Council approved $12,298 to purchase a network upgrade.

The council also:

  • approved a $500 bid for the tax sale of .25 acre lot at the corner of Owens and Crittendon.
  • awarded a contract to Public Financial Management for financial advisory services.
  • awarded a bid for copier lease and maintenance to NovaCopy.

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