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Tablets streamline Decatur police investigations

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Decatur police are using laptops that can turn into tablets for fieldwork. Decatur police are using laptops that can turn into tablets for fieldwork.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Decatur detectives are using new technology to speed up investigations and keep citizens safe.

Police have about thirteen thousand dollars worth of new technology, all paid for by the Federal Homeland Security Grant. Officers now have laptops that can transform into tablets and be used in the field to take statements. This means they don't have to handwrite information and then go back to the station to type it up. This streamlines the process and saves time and money.

Another interesting aspect of the tablets is that officers can access their desktop computers back at the station from the field. This allows them to go through databases stored on those computers.

Sergeant George Silvestri said "If you're out at a scene somewhere, you can actually access all the info that's on the computer here at the office, just like you're at the office."

The department has seven tablets: five for detectives and two for narcotics officers. Silvestri said that in the future, he'll see all patrol officers using this type of technology too.

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