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Spartanburg sheriff's patrol cars equips computers

Apr 19, 2010 12:09:00 AM - thestate.com
Spartanburg County sheriff's patrol cars are getting a long-awaited technological surge that they say will help them access and share information more quickly.

Technicians are installing about 225 laptop computers in patrol cars and investigators' vehicles. The installation is expected to be complete in two weeks.

"We're extremely excited," Spartanburg County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Tony Ivey said. "We feel they will enable us to be more productive. They will help with report taking and sharing information."

Ivey said patrol deputies will be able to access a suspect's criminal history and check whether a person has outstanding warrants from the scene, as opposed to calling dispatch for information. The computers will be securely mounted while the cars are in operation, but they also will be detachable if a deputy needs to go inside a home or business to take a report.

The computerized reports also can be distributed faster than the handwritten reports deputies have relied upon for years.