POSTED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 6:29pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 7:54pm
Longivew, TX (KETK) — As technology changes, police need the latest equipment to keep up.
In East Texas, grants are making it possible for police to stay up to speed with the latest innovations. Technology is ever changing. Local police departments depend heavily on the latest technology innovations to make their jobs possible. But, with new technology comes a steep price tag that most small departments can't afford. That's why local police departments like East Mountain say they're thankful for grants from organizations like The East Texas Council of Governments. East Mountain Police Chief Betty Davis says " a lot of bigger P.Ds have budgets that can put those things in place..we do not. So we depend heavily on grants."
Departments applying for ECTOG grants go through an application process and attend workshops. Hallsville Police Department has just received a $66,000 grant to put computers in their vehicles. East Mountain received a $22,000 grant to do the same thing. The computers have a program called Copsync which includes license readers, ticket printers and automated offense reporting features, and surveillance cameras.
East Mountain Chief Betty Davis says the system enhances police efficiency and security. " should we end up in front of somebody that could be a real danger to us, it's gonna notify us and let us know. Also if we get in a situation where we need additional backup it allows us at a push of a button to notify other agencies"