A major technology upgrade is heading to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office very soon.Today, the county commissioners approved a 30-day trial for their deputy vehicles.
"It's been a long time coming for the Angelina County sheriff's department to get the computers in the car," Sheriff Greg Sanches, Angelina County said.
Tuesday was the day that the sheriff's office finally got the green light for something that has been years in the making.
"We presented an issue that we've been looking at for a good while, but it takes time because of the budget," Sanches said.
At the county commissioner's court meeting, there was a break through. Later this week, the sheriff's office will begin a test run on a computer system called Cop-sync.
It'll provide deputies with much needed access at the tip of their fingers.
"If somebody's wanted, we can share with over 36 thousand other law enforcement officers that are on that program," Sanches said. "We can have access to running license plates and driver's license that we need. It's a good tool for law enforcement."
Cop-sync has essential things for policing, but there's one feature in particular that stands out.
"One of the really important part of it is the GPS tracking. That way, if their on call and they get into some kind of danger then we'll be able to tell the other units where they're at," Sanches said. "That is something that is very important for law enforcement, as we all know now in days."
But before the computer system can be placed into police cruisers permanently, they must go for a test drive to make sure deputies are getting the best equipment.
Which Sanches thinks will work just fine.
"I know it is because I've talked to other sheriff's departments and they praise it," Sanches said.
Once the equipment officially comes to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, Sanches believes he and his deputies will have the upper hand.
"I think it's going to really enhance, and hopefully improve some of the work we do," Sanches said.
Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office will go through an 8-hour training course if the system is bought.