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Watauga County Sheriff’s Office to Apply for Grant Money for Laptops PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Thursday, 21 January 2010 10:16

Watauga County Commissioners gave Captain Kelly Redmon of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office permission to apply for a grant to provide additional funds for installing more laptop computers in patrol vehicles.


Captain Redmon said there are currently seven vehicles in the patrol division’s 24-vehicle fleet that have updated laptop computers, but two of the laptops are nearly outdated.  He explained that if the sheriff’s office is awarded grant money through the state, it would allow them to install five more laptop computers into patrol vehicles.

Redmon said using laptops in patrol vehicles help officers tremendously while working in the field by allowing deputies to communicate with the National Crime Information Center, access driver’s license information quicker, and even help deputies identify and locate a missing or wanted individual.  Redmon said, “Many of them have a mapping program loaded in them [and] they can access Google Maps from there.  They can research somebody that they may be hunting for on a warrant or something that’s trying to evade to try and determine if they have other addresses.”

Redmon said it would cost $10,320 to purchase the computers, specialized mounts for the patrol vehicles and to cover connectivity fees for a year.  If the sheriff’s office is awarded the grant, Captain Redmon said they would be awarded with $7,740 and Watauga County would have to cover the remaining $2,580.

The sheriff’s office must apply for the grant by the end of the month and Captain Redmon said they should hear if they were awarded the money by June.


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