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Sheriff's department uses new COPsync in-car system

By Sarah Seeley
NewsChannel 10

Dumas, Texas - Sheriff's deputies will now be safer and more efficient while on the job in Moore County.

Moore County Sheriff's Department Investigator Carmen Napp can now get all the information she needs with the swipe of a card.

"You can enter the driver's license number and hit citation and all the driver's license information will come up," said Napp.

The new COPsync system brings all the information usually received from dispatchers right to the deputies' fingertips.

It brings up license information as well as vehicle details.

"If [a vehicle] comes up stolen or wanted or the person or driver's license stuff, its [gives an]immediate response to them; it doesn't go through a dispatcher," said Sheriff Bo DeArmond.  "It goes straight to the car and gives them an alert so that way they know what they're walking up on."

This system is Sheriff DeArmond's pet project.

He saw the system succeed in neighboring Hartley County, and wanted to share private communication with them.

"It's a big network and that's what were working towards at this time," said Sheriff DeArmond.  "[It] is to get it where everyone can communicate [some way] other than radio."

COPsync handles all of the paperwork used in patrol stops while also allowing law enforcement to see who is available to instant message in Moore, Hartley, Dallam, and Hemphill counties.

Napp says the built-in GPS feature and instant messenger will allow deputies in her county to help with chases in neighboring Hartley and Dallam counties.

"We'll be able to see exactly their location and we can get to that area and get the road blocked or whatever we need to do to assist them," said Napp.

Deputies are able to use the instant messaging feature to pass along information they may not want heard over police radios.

"Instead of putting that information out where everyone can hear it in the scanner land, they can instant message us [and write] 'hey can you be on the lookout for this information?'" said Napp.

Moore County recently put the new system in all ten of the deputy patrol squad cars and linked it with their office computers and with Sheriff DeArmond's computer.

Not all features are enabled now, but the Sheriff's Department says they hope to be 100% up and running in the next month or two.

The system will be integrated into the dispatcher system in the next month or two after the state DPS auditors check to make sure it is working correctly.

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