VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - The Vigo County Sheriff's Department is utilizing new technology in squad cars.
It's an initiative they started about a month ago. It’s a small device with a big job.
"It kind of operates like a GPS system. What it does is actually takes their location, then presents it on our mapping system down in dispatch,” said Sheriff Greg Ewing, Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.
They're called AVL's - automatic vehicle locators.
“If something happens to me or one of my people, then we know where they're at,” said Lieutenant Brian Dehart, Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.
If an officer can't radio in or communicate with dispatchers, they can still help.
With a mere click of a mouse, dispatchers can pinpoint a vehicle to an exact location. But these devices do more than find a squad car.
They help fight crime.
The sheriff can pull up a heat map on the system to see if patrols are effective in reducing criminal activity in a particular area. So they can adjust their patrols to match their crime.
"Ok, we're having a lot of burglaries in this particular area of the county, does our patrol model line up with our crime overlay. So we can adjust all that. Work to curb it. Apprehend the suspects,” said Ewing.
And while some might worry this is just another case of Big Brother watching, Dehart says the pros far outweigh the cons.
“I think security-wise, I would rather them know where I'm at that time,” Dehart said.
And what's better than keeping your local crime fighters, and your family, safe?
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