Grant provides Wrens officers with new technology

Sam Fried

Thanks to a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety the Wrens Police Department has mounted 11 laptop computers and printers in its patrol vehicles.  “It was something the department was working on before I got here, but I jumped on it immediately because I know the benefits of […]

Thanks to a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety the Wrens Police Department has mounted 11 laptop computers and printers in its patrol vehicles. 

“It was something the department was working on before I got here, but I jumped on it immediately because I know the benefits of having that kind of technology,” said Chief John Maynard.  

The new equipment helps shorten the time both officers and motorists spend roadside during traffic stops, making these stops both safer and more efficient. With the computers officers can run tag numbers, vehicle registration information and driver’s license information. 

“They can actually see a photo and that’s a big deal, because as we know, not everybody tells the truth,” Maynard said. “You’re actually able to see who you’re dealing with and tell if they have any active warrants. The knowledge base is in the officer’s favor. With the computer you’re not walking in blind. You know if they have insurance, you know if the tag is good. It gives you an edge.” 

https://www.augustachronicle.com/story/news/local/the-news-and-farmer/2022/03/31/grant-provides-wrens-officers-new-technology/7153375001/

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