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Police get funds to upgrade computers

December 23, 1998

The Hagerstown City Council unanimously approved Tuesday spending $883,663 to upgrade city police computers and buy laptop computers for squad cars.

Last week, Police Chief Dale Jones told council members the improvements would reduce paperwork and allow officers to check license plate numbers and drivers' licenses from their vehicles.

Jones said it could take until the end of the summer to put 20 laptop computers into squad cars.

The money also will also pay to upgrade the computerized dispatch system to make the system ready for the year 2000, Jones said. The upgrade could be done by February.

Some of the money will be used to automate police arrest records, which are currently kept in file cabinets.

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