WPD to get 12 new patrol cars, laptops

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Submitted: Wed, 08/22/2012 - 3:31am
Updated: Wed, 08/22/2012 - 12:35pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — During their Tuesday night meeting, Wilmington City Council unanimously approved $31,488 to pay for 48 new laptop computers for the Wilmington Police Department. The laptops will replace those currently used in the police vehicles. According to City Manager Sterling Cheatham, the smaller sized computers will provide a more ergonomically efficient and safe workspace.

The money for the new technology will come from North Carolina drug tax funds.

Council also approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of twelve 2012 Dodge Charger Police patrol vehicles for $267,864. The replacement of these vehicles is funded in the adopted FY 12-13 Fleet Replacement Budget. Cheatham says the new computers will conform to the smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles.

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10 Comments on "WPD to get 12 new patrol cars, laptops"

2015 years 8 months ago

You assume they use them while driving. It isn’t like they’re on facebook or youtube while driving down the road. An officers car is his/her office. They use these laptops to get information about calls they are going to, to look up vehicle license plates and license numbers, as a GPS, and to do reports. These laptops make them much more efficient in serving the community.

2015 years 8 months ago

The laptops are going to be installed in the middle so two officers can safely ride in one vehicle. Currently the laptop is over towards the passenger seat so if an officer is riding along and there is a wreck, the passenger airbag will not deploy correctly. Can you say liability?

2015 years 8 months ago

A smaller laptop for a smaller car? The Charger is not that much smaller than the Crown Vic. Sounds like BS to me……….Maybe Sterling is getting a kickback somewhere? I don’t care what size the laptop is, it is dangerous if the officer uses it while he/she drives.

2015 years 8 months ago

They list the cost of the laptops, but there’s no mention of the new smaller mount needed for the smaller car and smaller laptop. So, we start with a $656 laptop, and add in a mount for between $200 – $300, then we need a 12 volt docking cradle which runs at least $200 – cars don’t have 120 volt AC outlets…..

On top of this, it’s unlikely they got anything resembling a ruggedized computer for that price, which means they probably won’t last long given the harsh environment they will be used in. Then, there’s the issue of securing them in a mount that they can be easily removed from, while still preventing them from falling out while the vehicle is in motion. There really is a reason that police agencies buy Toughbooks, and they are quite a bit more expensive than $650, and you still need the rest of the toys I mentioned.

2015 years 8 months ago

When Charlotte built their white elephant, $300 million dollar arena, for a NBA team, they were so in debt, they had to fire hundreds of police / fire. Crime, and lawsuits, skyrocketed.

Fayetteville lost $100 million, and is still losing hundreds of thousands, a year, on their arena.

If Fayetteville is 3X bigger then us, and Charlotte is 15X bigger, and they can’t substaintate a major league NBA team, how in the world can were support a minor league baseball team ?

Our last AAA minor league team, the Port City Roosters, lost millions, and played the last half, of their 2nd, and last year, to crowds of less the 1,000 people, even though you could walk in for free.

We already have a minor league team, that plays at a very nice Legion Stadium, to 1/2 to 3/4 full crowds, at bargain prices. The Sharks and our old, traditional, Legion Stadium, are just right, for this town.

2015 years 8 months ago

re-read. It is the city of Wilmington and not New Hanover county which is making the purchase.

Regrdless, if you are distressed by the action taken, then get out in November and vote. Vote No for the ballpark. Vote no for those members standing for re-election.

2015 years 8 months ago

i guess the county is not broke but i bet they will raise taxes 2 pay for them , and one more thing/ we are the highest gas tax and we have the crapiest road

2015 years 8 months ago

Well that makes alot of good sense rather than a baseball stadium.

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2015 years 8 months ago

I agree…as long as the laptops don’t use Windows Vista!!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Do the old computers go to the schools? What a grand waste of money! How old are the “old” laptops anyway?