(WMC-TV) - Patrol cars equipped with laptop computers are nothing new in Memphis and elsewhere, but it is new across the river in Crittenden County. It is also something officials believe is long overdue.
The Crittenden County Sheriff's Department just took a huge step forward with the installation of computer terminals in its patrol cars.
"It gives the patrolmen a lot of access to information out on the road that they previously didn't have," said Crittenden Co. Sheriff's Department Chief Mike Callender.
That includes better access to criminal databases like NCIC or those that show sex offender information.
"The more information you have out on the road dealing with someone, the less surprises you have," said Callender.
Previously, a deputy would have to go through dispatch to check on something like an outstanding warrant.