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Tablets installed in some Sheffield patrol cars

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The Sheffield Police Department is testing the use of tablets in their patrol cars. The Sheffield Police Department is testing the use of tablets in their patrol cars.
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SHEFFIELD, AL (WAFF) -

Police officers in the Shoals are taking a high tech approach to patrolling the streets.

The Sheffield Police Department is testing the use of tablets in their patrol cars.

Chief Greg Ray said they are in the process of working out the kinks and hope to have their other patrol cars outfitted within the next several months.

Ray said the size of the tablet and mount frees up a lot of space inside the cars compared to the old laptop set up that took up most of the passenger side.

He said the updated technology will allow officers to perform more efficiently when it comes to submitted reports and issuing citations.

Ray said these tablets are just one way his department is striving to stay up to date with advances in technology and become a paperless department.

"Definitely going to make it easier, I think, as you see new officers coming in that grew up in this kind of era, grew up with computers. Some of the old guys are having a little hard time adapting to it, but they seem to like it regardless, but it will definitely make their job easier," Ray said.

If the funding is available, Ray said he hopes to outfit at least four or five more cars in the coming months.

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