Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia State Police is reducing its paper trail in an effort to cut costs and be more eco-friendly.
The agency is using a new digital management system to post manuals, notices and memorandums on its internal online network.
Sgt. Mike Lynch with the state police's planning and research department says the policy and procedure manual alone is 4 inches thick with more than 650 pages.
Lynch says the new system also electronically signs documents when they're opened.
That eliminates the need for troopers to sign and send a paper acknowledgement sheet back to headquarters.
Lynch says it's too early to say how much money the system will save but it could be thousands of dollars annually.
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