GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- This week several Texoma law enforcement agencies are receiving laptops free of charge. Kristen Shanahan spoke with two police chiefs who tell us how the computers will benefit them.
By Friday 12 small law enforcement agencies across Texas, most of them in Texoma, will have new working laptops in their patrol units.
"It's not costing the city anything for the computers or installation," Howe Police Chief Carl Hudson said.
The laptops are made possible by a $1.5 million dollar grant awarded to the Tarleton State University Rural Law Enforcement Initiative. Howe Police Chief Carl Hudman says they have received five laptops up to $20,000 dollars worth of equipment they have not been able to afford.
"Funding is a major major source of problems for smaller communities, and for a larger city 20 to 25,000 dollars may not seem like a lot, but to us that's a significant amount of money," Hudman said.
Tom Bean Police Chief John Hunt says the Rural Law Enforcement unit came to the rescue just in time for his department.
"Our laptops were getting to the point where they were going to have to be replaced. We as a small agency and the city does really not have the kind of funds to put out this kind of money," Hunt said.
Police say the unit laptops will help them work more efficiently and get criminals off the streets quicker.
"We'll be able to get to another level of intelligence on people and cars and things," Hunt said.
The Rural Law Enforcement initiative is also installing laptops for the Honey Grove, Ector, Collinsville, and Muenster Police Departments.