New Patrol Computers For Pitt County Patrol Cars

It's a dream come true. That's what Pitt County Sheriff Mac Manning says about 50 new mobile computers recently installed in patrol vehicles

The computers have been on the departments wish list for several years.

Manning says advances in technology and a drop in the price allowed them to make the purchase with the help of federal funds.

Now that they've been installed deputies jobs are a whole lot easier.

One of the most useful aspects, the fact they can file reports from behind the wheel and don't have to come into the office.

The computers also have a built in mapping system that shows details about the areas officers are responding to. Plus deputies have access to statewide and national records.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2010 at 03:54 PM
    Great! When will they have time to use them, just about every officer I see be it PCSO,GPD,HWP, or whoever they are on the phone, all this talking cannot possibly be police business on a personal phone.
  • by Me Location: Chowan on Apr 1, 2010 at 03:31 PM
    In this week's paper is an article about Chowan commissioners being asked to hire 2 new deputies and buying some new cars because they had 100K miles. The chairman asked why more duputies when the LEO had reported lower crime rates. He also asked the commissioners to raise their hands if they drove a car with 100K miles. All raised their hands. The new hires and cars were not approved. This shows how good fiscally conservative local government looks out for the taxpayer. It's a stark contrast with D.C.
  • by For the Record Location: ENC on Apr 1, 2010 at 08:10 AM
    Man, I love election years. Sorry, Mac, but "too little, too late."
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    It is a great tool for them to have. I just hope and pray that they will not try to drive, talk on phone or radio and use the computer at the same time. Or even drive and use the computer at the same time. And yes I have seen police driving and typing in computer with other hand, and it is dangerous.
  • by Vic Location: Simpson on Apr 1, 2010 at 06:28 AM
    People, just be happy that funds were there for the department to be able to get the computers. This doesn't have to do with election. It would be nice to read comments sometime and everything be worded in a positive way. If the computers make ones job easier, than I'm all for it.
  • by Dave on Apr 1, 2010 at 04:50 AM
    We cannot text but can read and type on laptops? YIKES!
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Apr 1, 2010 at 04:11 AM
    This is great, it might help track the idiots who selling stolen property and the thugs who selling drugs in Pitt county.
  • by Straing Location: NC on Apr 1, 2010 at 03:54 AM
    Mike, these aren't the first mobile computers that the department has had. They are replacing the old outdated ones with limited capabilities. PCSO is not behind in technology.
  • by jj Location: Greenville on Apr 1, 2010 at 03:39 AM
    Yeah, The computers are good resource for the deputies, but Mac Manning was rushing his staff to have them on line by March 1. Oh well...It's election year..
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2010 at 03:36 AM
    Good to hear they are getting with the times. I have a friend in Durham who is a cop. They have been doing their reports from their patrol cars' computers for years now.
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