Decatur police using tablet computers

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Decatur police say using tablet computers has streamlined the criminal investigations process, and they can now compose photo lineups almost instantly.

The Decatur Daily reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/14uZI7J ) that the police department used a $13,000 Alabama Department of Homeland Security grant to buy seven tablets with detachable keyboards.

Police Chief Ed Taylor says the computers have helped detectives quickly download surveillance video from a business and compile a nearly instant photo lineup after a burglary that they used to identify the suspect.

Officials say the computers also offer remote access to detectives' desktops.

The department has joined a growing list of law enforcement agencies looking to use technological innovations to streamline the investigation process. The newspaper reports departments in Hartselle, Athens and sheriff's officials in Limestone County are using similar equipment.

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Information from: The Decatur Daily, http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml



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