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Sonora Police Department Scores New Equipment

Sonora, CA — Thanks to a grant from the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., the Sonora Police Department has been able to update its equipment inventory.

Lt. Mark Stinson says it´s a three phase program. The initial phase has supplied each officer with a video camera.

The second phase called for the installation of on-board computers in each of the patrol units. The on-board computers can be removed from the vehicle for sending reports to the department from a restaurant or a residence. In addiiton officers can file reports from their cars and also utilize the computers for PowerPoint presentations.

The third phase of the grant will include the purchase of a new radio dispatch system.

The grant was for $80,000, but the department only spent $72,000 of that amount for the new equipment.

Written by Bill Johnson