(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
The Mississippi County Sheriff's Department received four Dell computers, while the Keiser, Manila and Tyronza police departments were the benefactors of one Dell computer a piece.
Previously, surplus computer equipment within state agencies could only be distributed to Arkansas public schools or the Marketing and Redistribution Office. However, the passage of Act 1028 in the 2003 legislative session has made it possible for law enforcement agencies to receive donated equipment as well. This legislation gives rural agencies with limited resources a better opportunity of procuring needed technology.
The computers, part of a planned `145 to be donated statewide, are complete with Windows 98 operating systems as well as Microsoft Office.
"Gaining access to new technologies will allow rural law enforcement professionals in the state to streamline many functions of their agencies and provide better service within their communities," Jim Clark, director of the Criminal Justice Institute, said. "We are grateful to legislators such as Sen. Steve Bryles and Rep. Marvin Childers who made this initiative possible through their support in the 2003 legislative session. The institute is committed to doing all we can to continue assisting Arkansas law enforcement in the future."
Manila Chief Jackie Hill offered his appreciation for the donation.