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DPS troopers equipped with in-car computers
San Jacinto News- Times - January 2009
AUSTIN -- An effort to equip all DPS troopers with in-car computers is sweeping across Texas, now finishing up in the Houston and Austin areas. The $15 million project, approved in the last legislative session, is mostly complete. All areas of Texas now have at least some patrol units equipped with the wireless technology. When the project is completed, nearly 2,000 Highway Patrol and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement units will have the in-car computers. “We appreciate the Legislature providing us with this capability’’ said interim DPS Director Stanley E. Clark. “From an officer safety and efficiency standpoint, this puts our troopers on the cutting edge and moves us light years ahead in our law enforcement capabilities.” With in-car computers, troopers have the ability to instantly identify wanted persons and stolen vehicles. The secure network provides realtime alerts, digital photographs and homeland security information, and equips the units with GPS (Global Positioning System) technology. The computers will also speed up the citation process. DPS is also testing in-car computers in the Texas Ranger and Criminal Law Enforcement divisions.