Sheriff’s vehicles to get computers


The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office may soon join the electronic age of the 21st Century, when Sheriff’s vehicles become equipped with computers.

Wapello County Sheriff Mark Miller said today that, through the generosity of donations by the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation and Cargill Meat Solutions, as well as a little bit of grant money, it looks like the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office will  be able to fund the installation of computers in its Patrol Vehicles in the very near future.

Miller said that both organizations thought that the computers were needed, to improve the efficiency of the Sheriff’s Department, and, to provide additional safety to patrol officers.

Miller took his request for computers in patrol cars to the Wapello County Board of Supervisors first. The Supervisors, however, were not in agreement that the equipment was a priority for the Sheriff’s Office.

Miller said that the computers will allow Deputies to file reports electronically from their vehicles, wherever they are……instead of having to return to the JointLawEnforcementCenter in Ottumwa, to file those reports.