Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Gwinnett Police Get Wireless ID

Gwinnett Police and other law enforcement officers will soon be able to check photos and fingerprints in the field using a new wireless system called Rapid ID. County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to join a $1.28 million regional system being established in the metro Atlanta area.

Grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) will provide workstations and handheld units to 23 agencies. In Gwinnett, those agencies include Gwinnett Police, Gwinnett Sheriff and city police departments in Duluth and Lawrenceville.

Commissioners also voted to continue their partnership with GEMA that provides $32,000 annually to help fund the Gwinnett Emergency Management Agency. GEMA also provides training for local emergency response personnel as well as information and resources for dealing with critical weather or other emergency situations.

“The new identification and information-sharing system is just one of many benefits we get from GEMA. By participating with other agencies on the state and regional levels, we are strengthening public safety for all Gwinnett residents,” said Board Chairman Charles Bannister.
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