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Williston Police Get Computers in Patrol Cars

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  Technology can make a world of difference for anyone doing any job.

     For law enforcement, it can mean getting to call in five minutes instead of 10.

     Williston Police officers got an upgrade to their patrol cars last week, and they say it's already making a big difference. 

 When an officer pulls someone over, they have to radio back to the law enforcement center, so the dispatcher can look up the license information. However, with the upgrade that is a thing of the past.

      "Computers in the patrol cars, we feel are going to help us serve the public better," said Williston PD Asst. Chief Tom Ladwig.

 The police department was able to get the computers because of an oil impact grant. Officers have been using the computer for a week now.

      "Very happy about the computer. It makes things a lot easier," said Williston PD Officer Tyler Hoff.

 

   Another nice thing about computers in the patrol cars is it cuts down on radio traffic between dispatch and the police officers.

 

     "It will relieve our dispatchers of a lot of daily duties, as far as, vehicle registration checks, drivers license checks because the officers can do those checks on their own in the car," added Ladwig.

 The computers have a GPS in them, which allows dispatchers to see where officers are around town.

      "When they get a call for an officer, they can check the screen, and see which officer is closest, send that officer, and it eliminates response times on calls," Ladwig added.

 Hoff says the GPS is also useful for officers when they're going to a call.

      "It will give us a route to that address, and also give us turn by turn directions, and as you take that, it will go down the list on where to go," Hoff added.

 The dispatch center has also been updated by money from oil impact grants.

 

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