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Local police receive two mobile computers for cars

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The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Carrollton Police Department were each awarded one mobile data terminal to be installed in their vehicles. The laptop-style computers were purchased by the Kentucky Attorney General’s office with funds from a federal grant.

Attorney General Jack Conway traveled to Carrollton Tuesday, March 29 to present the computers to Sheriff Jamie Kinman and Chief Mike Willhoite.

The local departments are among 78 police agencies throughout the Commonwealth to receive the computers. Mobile data terminals allow officers better access to the eWarrants program, which is funded through the Rural Law Enforcement grant as part of the American Resources and Recovery Act. The $3.94 million grant was awarded to Kentucky in 2009 to make eWarrants accessible to all police agencies throughout Kentucky. Distribution of the mobile computers is the final phase of implementing the grant.

“This helps put technology in the hands of officers while they are out in the field,” Conway said. “It gives officers the tools they need to almost instantly determine whether or not a person has an outstanding warrant.”

Willhoite said the computers allow officers to check vehicles, driver’s licenses and people wanted on warrants in the state and nationwide before getting out of the car, adding to the officers’ safety and effectiveness. He said the current eWarrants system does not compare to the paper warrant days, and the service rate has increased since eWarrants was begun in Carroll County.

“We are very appreciative of the Attorney General’s office supplying us with this MDT,” Kinman said. “Without their help, it would not be possible for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office to purchase such a valuable computer.”