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Deaf Smith County Sheriff's Office hopes technology will make crime fighting easier

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Hereford, TX - Covering 1,500 square miles with only 12 deputies and one Sheriff can be a challenge.

However the Deaf Smith County Sheriff's Office is hoping new technology will make it easier.

A new web site...two mobile apps...a Facebook page and a Twitter page are all new tools the Deaf Smith County Sheriff's Office hopes will help them communicate more efficiently with county residents.

"Everybody doesn't really go to the TV and the newspaper anymore like they used to, a lot of them carry their phones and use that, even the old farmers that don't like messing' with computers, they'll have their smart phone on their side and messing' with it all day long," said Sheriff J. Dale Butler who is the Deaf Smith County Sheriff.

They say the biggest benefit will  be that their citizens will be able to use technology to report crime no matter where they are in the county.

"If we can get other people involved the farmers, the truck drivers, everybody driving in and out of the county and around that's going to be that many more eyes that are going to be able to report crimes, help us get descriptions of cars and all that," Butler said.

"The more people we have out there looking for crime, the easier it is to catch it," explained Deputy Tim Schlabs who is a Deputy Sheriff with the Deaf Smith County Sheriff's Office.

"It's just going to be a good thing all the way around," Butler said.

For more information how to download the apps or any additional information you can visit the Deaf Smith County Sheriff's Office web site at: http://www.dscso.org/ or find them on Facebook or Twitter.