Brown County Sheriff's officials have long hoped to equip deputies' patrol cars with mobile data terminals - small computers that enable officers to have quick access to information about people and vehicles - but the cost has been prohibitive.
The sheriff's office has benefited from a grant program of just over $50,000, administered through Tarleton State University, that provided 14 mobile date terminals for the department's patrol cars. The computers will be installed in the cars around Dec. 20, sheriff's officials said.
The sheriff's office is the only law enforcement agency in Brown County that does not have mobile date terminals in its cars, sheriff's officials said.
A mobile date terminal is a tool for officers and allows them to obtain information without having to relay requests over the radio and wait for a dispatcher to read back the information.
A deputy can "run" a vehicle or an individual on the device, checking for information such as warrants or reports of a stolen vehicle, sheriff's Capt. Tony Aaron said. A deputy can run a license plate number while searching for burglary suspects, drug traffickers, "anything that might be flagged," Aaron said.
Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said the sheriff's office has not previously been able to obtain the terminals due to "tight budgets and budgetary constraints."
Grubbs said he commends Aaron and Chief Deputy Bobby Duvall for their efforts in finding and obtaining the grant for the terminals.
"Through grants and creating purchasing, we've got our officers pretty well equipped," Grubbs said.
In unrelated items, law enforcement officials reported recent activities including:
• Brownwood officer Jesse Mares arrested Daniel Hedgecock, 26, of Brownwood, on a charge of possessing a dangerous drug after a pedestrian stop at Ninth and Avenue C.
• Officer Robert Lee arrested Crystal Newingham, 21, of Brownwood, on an assault charge after a man told police his girlfriend strangled him in the 2500 block of North Main.
• Lee was dispatched to the 1500 block of Magnolia the evening of Dec. 2, where a man said he was robbed at gunpoint in an alley in the 1800 block of Avenue H.
• Officer Brandon Miller arrested Zachary Delarosa, 17, and Trevolia Rudd, 17, both of of Brownwood, on charges of possession of marijuana under 2 ounces, consumption of alcohol by a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Department of Public Safety trooper Travis Hounshell arrested Raymond Parsons Jr., 52, on a charge of criminal mischief over $1,500 under $20,000.
• Deputy Brandon Arnold arrested Levi Potter, 30, of Brownwood, on an assault charge.
• Trooper Martin Molotsky arrested Bryan Temple, 25, of Brownwood, on charges of DWI and resisting arrest.