BCSO getting mobile computers

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is getting 15 mobile computers from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
The units are worth about $55,000 and will be placed in BCSO vehicles.
“When a deputy is involved in a traffic stop, he will be able to check the license of the vehicle before he gets out of the car.  If that individual has a warrant for their arrest or if there is some issue with the vehicle, the deputy will know it because that information will come directly to his computer,” said Brown County Sheriff Gordon Ellis.
“A deputy will be able to run the license plate immediately and get that information back quickly so he knows who he is dealing with.”
Ellis said the new computers will save time compared with the current communication system.
“He has to call the license plate into dispatch and dispatch runs that plate number through the LEADS (Law Enforcement Agencies Data System).  Once that information got back to dispatch, they would return that information to the deputy.  That can be a four or five minute process, assuming dispatch isn’t busy,” Ellis said.
The sheriff said that his deputies are looking forward to taking advantage of the new technology.
“They are pretty excited about it.  They are going to have greater information when they are dealing with vehicles.  It also increases their efficiency because they can access our report system and enter reports from the field,” Ellis said.
He added that sometimes minutes can make a difference when someone with an arrest warrant is pulled over and the deputy doesn’t know that information yet.
“The challenge of law enforcement is the fact that when we are dealing with an individual or a vehicle, we are always operating initially with imperfect information.  We may have stopped them for something minor, but as the stop progresses, you find out that you are dealing with somebody who is a wanted criminal somewhere.  With these systems in place, we will be able to speed up the process.”
Ellis said the computers will also shorten the time that a traffic stop takes, getting drivers back on their way sooner after being pulled over.
The sheriff also expressed gratitude to state law enforcement officials for making the donation happen.
“I would really like to recognize Director John Born of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.  It was his interest in assisting us to obtain these mobile data computers that started this ball rolling.  Colonel Paul Pride of the Ohio Highway Patrol then accepted the invitation to help.  So it was a cooperative effort from beginning to end,” Ellis said.