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Minco Police Department goes high tech with Mobile Cop Program
Saturday, 05.22.2010, 05:10pm (GMT-5)

By Phil Blevins

 In 2009 the police department requested permission from the city council to apply for a grant from Homeland Security and was granted permission to apply. In March of 2010 the police department was notified that we had been awarded a $12,500 grant for in-car Mobile Data Centers from the Office of Homeland Security.

Homeland Security has been supportive of all agencies, both big and small having this technology. The system gives the officers the ability to check tags, driver’s licenses, stolen items, and wanted persons from their car without having to talk on the radio with dispatch.

Our dispatch is through the Grady County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center and their dispatchers have seven Police Agencies, Sixteen Fire Departments, and two Emergency Medical Service agencies that they dispatch for. Also, Grady County Dispatch Center takes all 911 calls from all areas in the county with the exception of Chickasha and Tuttle, which have their own dispatch.

Needless to say, the dispatch center has been in the past extremely busy dispatching for so many agencies that at times the smaller agencies have had difficulty in being able to run checks that they have needed.

With the new technology of the Mobile Cop Program in our patrol cars, this should mostly no longer be the case. We are now able to run all these checks from our patrol unit. We are able to talk with other agencies officers who are logged on by messaging and not tying up the radio net. This has cut down on the radio traffic over the net immensely, which has lessened the load on the dispatch center and dispatcher.

When we run a license plate and if the tag or vehicle comes back stolen, we are notified immediately and so is every other officer in our group that we have a stolen vehicle or license plate. When we run a driver’s license and if the person is wanted or is entered into the National Crime Information Center, we will be notified immediately and so will all other officers in the group. With these notifications, other officers are aware of the alert and if the situation requires, they can begin to head to the officers location to assist if needed.

The Police Department has the five units installed in our vehicles and is available to the officers to utilize if they have been to the required OLETS training.

Mobile Cop is another tool to assist the Police Department in completing our jobs more effectively and efficiently. Mobile Cop offers more information available to the officer on a traffic stop, which there are really no routine traffic stops, and thus provides more safety for the officer. Mobile Cop technology is newer, more up-to-date, and more modern, which brings our department into the Twenty First Century.

Agencies in Grady County that have Mobile Cop are Minco PD, Grady County Sheriff’s Office, OHP Troopers, Tuttle PD, Ninnekah PD, Alex PD, Verden PD was awarded the grant, and Chickasha is in the process of obtaining it.

The Police Department would like to thank the city council members for allowing us to apply for this grant to add new and advanced technology and equipment to be utilized by our department.


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