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Capito devlivers $99,000 to Harpers Ferry Police Dept.

March 07, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito delivered $99,000 to the Harpers Ferry Police Department for new equipment Monday and checked out equipment she helped fund for Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, officials said.

Capito, R-W.Va., worked to secure federal funding to help the Harpers Ferry Police Department purchase a GPS mapping unit, Police Chief Donald Buracker said.

The equipment will be used to map out crime scenes or traffic accident scenes, Buracker said.

In the past, police officers used measuring tapes to do the work, but the GPS system will allow officers to do the work instantly and more accurately, Buracker said.

Not all police departments have such systems, but Buracker said he thought it was important and went to work finding funding help.

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Buracker said he plans to share the equipment with other police departments.

"We need to start thinking outside the box and start working with one another," Buracker said.

Buracker said the federal money also will be used to upgrade the department's radio communication system.

Capito went to the police department Monday morning to deliver the money.

Capito also went to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., Monday to view new electronic recording equipment she helped fund for the hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Tina Stover.

Capito helped the hospital obtain $55,980 for the equipment, and the Jefferson Healthcare Foundation contributed $16,500 for the upgrade, Stover said.

The money was used to upgrade the hospital's "chart carts," which are units that are rolled into a patient's room to allow nurses to enter that person's medical history directly into a computer system, Stover said.

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