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Flowery Branch receives $14K grant for new patrol car computers
Flowery Branch Police Officer Jake Xayavong prepares to begin patrol. - photo by File photo

A $14,800 grant from a state agency will allow the Flowery Branch Police Department to revamp its in-car computers for officers.

The department received a technology grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

“The ones that we have now have gone through their wear and tear. It’s just time to replace them,” Chief David Spillers said.

Spillers said he had planned to ask for the new dozen computer terminals in the upcoming budget until he received the grant announcement.

These in-car terminals “allow officers to facilitate the electronic reporting of all traffic crash data and receive call for service electronically,” Spillers said in a news release announcing the award.

Upgrading from the previous units, Spillers said the keyboards will be backlit, which will help officers who are filling out reports at night.

“They are going to replace a similarly-fashioned, Toughbook-style computer that it is currently in use here, most of which are four or five years old,” Spillers said.

The units have not yet arrived.

During a year-long grant period that ended in October, the department did not have any traffic fatalities inside Flowery Branch’s jurisdiction, Spillers said.

“The Flowery Branch Police Department has a goal to provide expeditious movement and control of vehicular traffic, as well as the investigation of traffic accidents. The ability to input and retrieve traffic crash data electronically will allow officers to more effectively serve and protect all persons that live and travel through the incorporated limits of Flowery Branch,” Spillers said in the news release.