With bicycle thefts soaring in Denver, cops urge more registrations - The Denver Post

But I don't understand this comment:
"but it could be costly to make the database accessible through the department-wide computer system that officers use in their squad cars, Warneke said."

How could that be? if the database already exists, how can providing access be costly? a change to some IP routes, some firewall changes and it should be able to be viewed in the patrol just like the other resources.

Seems like a lame reason to not give all access to all officers.