The Duncan Banner

July 22, 2013

Council to consider new laptops for police

By The Banner Staff
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN —  The Duncan Police Department soon could receive five new laptop computers for their patrol cars to run license-plate checks that would otherwise tie up their communications center.

 The Duncan City Council could approve spending about $16,880 on the laptops during its meeting set for  5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

 According to City Manager Jim Frieda, the plate checks done by laptop can lead to safer traffic stops because officers will know immediately whether a vehicle is  stolen, if there could be a wanted person inside and if the vehicle might be sought by other law enforcement agencies.

 The computers can tap information from the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, the Edmond Police Department, Fort Smith Police Department, and in the near future, many other agencies throughout Oklahoma.

 In a memo to the council, Frieda said use of the computers will greatly enhance the efficiency of officers by allowing them “to run their own information necessary on traffic stops, freeing up dispatch to continue incoming calls for service or emergencies.”

 In other business listed in a light agenda, the Council will consider approving repairs at the city’s central garage, buying a fingerprint reader and approving the final plat for the Ridgeview addition in Duncan.