Big Island police seeking another 100 computers

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii County Police Department is seeking another 100 leased laptop computers to put into patrol cars.

Technical Services Maj. Larry Weber told West Hawaii Today on Tuesday that the initial 100 arrived this summer and will be installed soon.

Weber says the computers will be distributed in all police districts. He says if the Hawaii County Council approves a request to lease 100 more, most patrol officers will have computers.

The computers can remotely access the department's database to check for warrants, restraining orders and arrest information.

Weber says about 85 percent of the Big Island gets fairly good wireless service, but there are some connectivity issues for officers patrolling remote parts of the island.

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