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12/10/2012 6:56:00 AM
Camp Verde Marshal's Office patrol units to get mobile computers
Nancy Gardner
Nancy Gardner

Steve Ayers
Staff Reporter

CAMP VERDE - Shortly after Nancy Gardner became the marshal in town, she drew up a list of priorities for her department.

At or near the top of that list was the installation of mobile computers in each and every patrol vehicle.

"They have become such an integral part of police work in recent years. They save time and money and could even save lives. It's hard to believe we have gotten along this long without them," Gardner said this week.

But they won't be much longer without. On Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council approved spending $115,000 to install the computers, pay for software licenses and get the system up and running.

And, as an added benefit, the entire project may not cost the taxpayers a dime.

While looking into the best way to get computers, Gardner identified RICO money as a source to pay for them.

RICO, which stands for the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, allows law enforcement to use money seized from drug dealers and other criminal organizations to help fight crime.

Law enforcement organizations throughout the county divide a portion of the money they seize every year among the departments.

"We have about $90,000 in available RICO funds to work with and I have applied for the difference from some unallocated RICO funds, which I have every reason to believe we will be given," Gardner said.

Gardner was also able to save an additional $36,000 by purchasing used computers from the Cottonwood Police Department.

Initially the department will install 13 units, but over the next year Garner says she plans to put in a total of 15.

Once installed the new system will allow officers to write up reports while out in the field, run driver's license checks, license plate numbers and check out criminal records without having to work through a dispatcher.

They will also be able to read, in real time, the information from a caller, being typed in at the department's dispatch center.

"The computers will allow the officers to stay out of the office and on the streets," Gardner said. "They will be able to do everything that's now done in the office. It will take a while for everyone to get up to speed, but once we get used to them, we won't be able to live without them."

Gardner says she expects to have the 13 units installed by the end of February.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: An Open Question for our Marshal

Dear Marshal Gardner.
An open question if I might.

When the Feds instruct you to come take our guns.
Will you and your people obey them?

Or will you and your people obey the Constitution?

A fair question I do believe, that the people of Camp Verde deserve a fair answer to.

I eagerly await your response.

God Bless You and Yours.

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: When does it end??

Wow! Once again Camp Verde, something POSITIVE happens and here we go with the negative comments and people shooting it down! Way to go! Keep it up, I'm sure people will be flocking there and businesses will suddenly take off with the overall negative attitude! Congrats Marshall's office! It's great to see you moving forward and catching up with the much needed technology!

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Thats Expensive!!!

I'm happy for their much needed upgrade but $115,000 for 15 installed computers seems a bit much, don't you think? You can buy a top of the line laptop for under $1000.00. Shop around and I'm sure you can find a package deal for the whole lot installed at a discount. Whoever is charging $115,000 is ripping you off big time!

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: Basic Math

Divide 13, or heck even divide 15 by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and tell me the number you come up with.

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: Anthony P

They have that many officers? I have not seen an officer drive down my neighborhood in months and heard that a bunch of them quit for various reasons that has nothing to do with this. But ok?!? I would think the priority would be filling cars with officers. But hey if its free right?!?

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