February 08, 2021  |  01:26 pm

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith announced today that his office has implemented additional technology to promote better transparency and accountability.  This follows an earlier commitment of over one million dollars towards body-worn cameras and evidence.com.

This new technology, GovQA, is a premiere, government-focused software program that provides a central portal to track all Public Records Requests, and creates an interagency portal providing other outside agencies a secure and centralized location to request and obtain pertinent files and information. GovQa software provides the highest level of security and data protection and is nationally recognized for meeting CJIS (FBI CJIS standards for data necessary for law enforcement agencies), HIPAA and Fedramp standards. 

Public Records Requests are processed and completed through the exclusive use of GovQa.  This affords the agency a secure and documented central database ensuring that requests for information are acknowledged as prescribed by law, directed to the appropriate department within the STPSO, and ultimately reviewed and compiled in a production to the party requesting the information.

The GovQa interagency feature is live and active with numerous outside agencies that work closely and in conjunction with the STPSO.  The STPSO is providing specific user accounts which enable outside agency employees to streamline requests for documents and data while simultaneously keeping track of the status and specific details of these requests.  This software avoids duplication of requests and all parties have a record of information which is exchanged through efficiency and transparency.

“Accountability and transparency are two of the most important principles that guide every decision I make as Sheriff.  As with the recent purchase and deployment of body worn cameras, this is just another tool to better serve our community.” Sheriff Randy Smith said.