Grant Police ‘armed’ with new equipment aimed for accessibility and efficiency

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GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) -- Grant police officers are patrolling the streets armed with new equipment, and officers say the additions are helping them to do their jobs with more accessibility.

Grant Police Department officers had been using laptops that were seven or eight years old. "They were getting pretty worn out," Chief Mike Burgess says.

Chief Burgess says the department started looking at other options and pricing. "We found that we could buy a 'ruggedized' tablet for the price of three non 'ruggedized' laptops."

Those tablets can withstand harsh conditions and are expected to last longer than other options.

The department bought enough of them to fill nearly all of the patrol cars, and bought docking stations so the tablet can go where the officer goes.

The department also added another means of efficiency. "We actually have internet on the tablet, so when they un-dock the tablet from the car to go into a house, or on a crime scene or whatever, they have the internet still with them on the tablet," Chief Burgess says.

The department also bought new printers. The old ones were costing the agency money. "We've gone to thermal printers that do not require ink cartridges," Chief Burgess says.

One more addition is wireless keyboards.

Chief Burgess says all of the additions are an improvement in the officers' day to day work, allowing them to work quicker with more accessibility from the scene. Chief Burgess says ultimately, the new equipment will save the department money.

The council provided the funding for the additions.