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Local police officers have a new tool

By Meaghan Smith, msmith@wcyb.com
Published On: Sep 19 2013 07:39:14 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 19 2013 08:08:31 PM CDT

Kingsport police officers have a new way to fight crime. It's not a weapon, but instead technology that allows them to go paperless.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

Kingsport police officers have a new way to fight crime.

It's not a weapon, but instead technology that allows them to go paperless.

Officers are now using new smartphones for many daily activities.
   
The new Droids do everything from running license plates to taking reports.

It's even how officers give out tickets.

Officers say the whole process saves precious time in emergencies.

"That way I can run a call, put my information into the system send it through and I'm on to the next call," said Officer Larry Nunley with the Kingsport Police Department.

Kingsport police have been using smartphones for the past few years, and have had a lot of success; that's why they upgraded to the Droids.
    
Police can now draw crash reports on the phone, instead of writing them out on paper.

"Crash reports were one of the last things we were able to add, and a lot of that had to do with the diagramming -- and also the fact that it's a state report rather than a local report," said Tom Patton with the Kingsport Police Department.

Kingsport police say smartphones also allow them better access to tracking wanted suspects,  because every time a person's information is entered into the system it's checked for warrants.

"It's found a lot more wanted people, it's finding a lot more stolen vehicles, it's been a real asset to us," said Patton.

The new phones have been phased in over the past few weeks.