Rindge police get 5K grant for new mobile reporting system

  • Rindge Police Department Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/6/2021 7:52:08 PM

The Rindge Police Department has received a $5,000 grant to allow them to create and send reports from their police vehicles.

The State Department of Highway Safety has been providing funds for what are known as “Mobile Data Terminals” for local police departments, as well as other measures to reduce motor vehicle crashes and improve reporting and safety. These terminals are used to communicate with the central dispatch as well as the state’s reporting systems, and are transported within police vehicles.

The terminals and software allow police to connect to the State of New Hampshire e-crash and e-ticket records management system. Currently, citations and crash reports have to be submitted to the system manually. With mobile data terminals, more accurate and timely data can be submitted from the police officer’s vehicle. They are becoming increasingly common in local and regional police agencies.

In addition to the grant funding from the State Department of Highway Safety, the town of Rindge also contributed $7,848 to purchase the equipment, taken from last year’s unanticipated funds.

“This is long overdue,” said Select Board Chair Karl Pruter. “This is basically the next step in automating our systems. And it gives police more street time. Being a small department, as you can imagine, a lot of time is spent on paperwork.”

The Select Board accepted the grant and approved the additional expenditure during its Select Board meeting on Wednesday.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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