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New equipment to bring greater efficiency to DeSoto Sheriff's Department

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HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - The DeSoto County Sheriff's Department is using big money to invest in new technology that will make crime fighting more efficient, and keep north Mississippi safer.

The Department, with help from the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors, will soon improve communication efforts for their law enforcement officers in the field with the help of new computer software.

"What we're doing is bringing together the five different agencies to share data; to use it more effectively," said IT specialist Fred Levinton.

To do that, the Department will spearhead the implementation of new hardware that will accompany software, essentially connecting communication between all area departments.

Currently an officer making a traffic stop has to call dispatch to gather any tag information, which can waste a lot of time.  Sheriff Bill Rasco says the new equipment will streamlines the process.

"When he runs that, tag it will pop up who that car belongs to, if its been involved in any activity in this county or wherever," Rasco said.

The implementation process will cost more than $500,000 dollars. It requires a combined effort of funding with $200,000 coming from the Board of Supervisors.

"I don't think there was a doubt in anybody's mind we were going to fund the program because of its need," said county administrator Michael Garriga. "It was just a matter of how we were going to fund it, and I feel comfortable where we are with the funding."

Because of budget constraints, officials had to get a bit creative in terms of the funding effort, but Garriga says the system will not mean additional costs to the taxpayers. The new system, which includes 60 vehicle laptop computers and 40 PDA's, should be in place by early fall.

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