Natchez patrol cars getting laptops

Published 12:08am Monday, September 17, 2012

NATCHEZ — Eighteen Natchez police patrol cars will soon be equipped with laptops at no cost to the city.

Information Technology Director Eric Junkin demonstrated the use of remote desktop software that will be used in the patrol cars Tuesday at the Natchez aldermen meeting.

The remote desktop software will allow patrol officers to log on to a desktop computer at the Natchez Police Department and access files there.

The small laptops, which will be permanently mounted in the cars, will allow the officers to fill out reports and citations and save them to a server at the police department.

The laptops, which are estimated to cost $1,500 to $1,800 per car after complete installation, will not cost the city anything, Mayor Butch Brown said. A private donor, Brown said, has agreed to pick up the cost, approximately $27,000 to $32,400.

Brown said he approached the individual and explained the benefits of having the laptops in the patrol cars, and the donor agreed to donate the funds for the laptops.

Brown said he was disappointed to find when he returned to office this year that patrol cars no longer had laptops. He said Natchez was the first city in Mississippi to have laptops in patrols cars, and the technology is now greatly needed in the city.

“We need that kind of technology that streamlines report writing and giving tickets,” he sad.

Junkin said he is currently testing out the software and should have a final proposal ready for the aldermen at their next meeting on Sept. 25.

Natchez Police Chief Danny White could not be reached for comment.

 

 

  • Anonymous

    Is there a private donor who’d like to pay off the city’s debt on the Natchez Convention Center?

  • Anonymous

    Nah, they would need a grant for that.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Private donors need to be named to who they are so that favors aren’t done for them by the city that the taxpayers can keep in line of private donors write offs!! Brown needs to get his buddies to pay the city debt he made for the city paid off in full!!

  • Anonymous

    No mention of connectivity.  Are the patrol cars already sporting cellular wi-fi devices or are those included in the stated cost?  I agree that identities of “private donors” to the city should be made public.

  • Anonymous

    WE’RE MOVING ON UP. TECHNOLOGY IS THE FUTURE, BUT IN THE PROCESS IT ELIMINATE JOBS. THERE’S NO WAY AROUND IT.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Yea, this like the Train Depot that Brown had people say they would donate to it and this is bad business if these individuals aren’t to be known by the public so they can beware of favors by the mayor and others is just not the way to do it in taxpayers eyes!! Goverment should be a open book with everything on the table with nothing but truths and facts!!

  • Anonymous

    Unlike EVERYONE posting before me, my heartiest THANK YOU to whom ever donated the ~$30,000 for the laptops. This is a very large donation and there are many of us in the city who really appreciate your generosity to the Natchez community. 

    Thank you again!!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    The people want to know who is giving the resources and we know your feeling toward Brown so it may be you huh”!! Bad Business!!

  • Anonymous

    You are missing the point completely.

  • Anonymous

    Your hateful arrogant misconceptions are guiding you again. You don’t know me, you don’t know how I feel about any politician and you don’t even live in Natchez, yet you keep posting like your the omnipotent spokesperson for all of the people. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m not missing the point. Nowhere have I said that we shouldn’t learn who the donor was, however, I was brought up to say thank you when I received a gift, how about you?

    I find it interesting that when Natchez receives a donation that some people automatically assume that a crime has been committed. 

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Also, taught on how the gift was given and why??!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I am spokesman for I have lived here all my life and a law abiding taxpaying citizen and will be 65 years of age next month and I feel that qualifies me as well as my Mothers side of the family were in Adams county in the early 1700
    ‘s!! Now, what qualifies you to write for people of Adams county and Natchez??!! 

  • Anonymous

    Reading through the comments, I see no one claiming a crime has been committed.  This is simply about transparency.  I prefer to know who I’m thanking and what their movies were in making said donation.  $30K isn’t exactly chump change and could easily be construed as buying favors, immunity or future contracts with the city.  I’m not saying that is the case but you cannot honestly attest that it isn’t the case, either.  Hence the need for transparency, especially with regard to large donations such as this.  Keep everything above the table and out in the open.  As the old saying goes, sunlight is the best disinfectant.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care if your family has been here since the stone age, I don’t recall when the populace made you their spokesman, or did I miss that election?

    Oh yeah, I write (for myself) about Natchez because I live here in the City, unlike some others…

  • Anonymous

    Ok, got it. You want to know who are you supposed to thank? I like that actually, it’s a good way to put it.

    Ok, transparency to prevent potential graft that might be committed.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    You must be one from California or elsewhere with a name called screwshow which is well and fine and your living in Natchez don’t change matters for we were talking about ethics whether in the city or county!! Maybe the ND will put a poll on making the $30,000 donor public or not huh”??!!

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    Oh yeah, I write (for myself) about Natchez because I live here in the City, unlike some others…

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  • Anonymous

    Too many busy bodies in this town.  Don’t you all have anything better to do than just having to know who made a private donation?  That’s why “private” is there.  Besides it’s probably a tax write off for that individual or business, they just don’t want YOU to know who made it.  Get a life Natchez and be thankful that the police have an upgrade that the town probably didn’t have the budget for in the first place.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Guess your right for this is the Natchez Way with things not being put on the table but under huh??!!

  • Anonymous

    Are you really that dense?  Seriously.  Have you no idea why this kind of thing may be frowned upon AFTER reading many reasons listed here?  You think it is because of busybodies?  Government transparency isn’t about the windows at city hall, it is to remove the appearance of any impropriety.  The people have a right to know who King Butch went to on bended knee and begged for money.  Does the city or King Butch now owe this person a “favor”?  This is Banana Republic nonsense and people like you who not only choose to look the other way but deride those of us who demand accountability and transparency only serve enable and encourage corruption.  They say people get the government they deserve.  You deserve a crooked one.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, a very nice gesture indeed…Now, if they only make sure that they don’t grow little computer legs & walk away…

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Now, I like that!!!

  • Anonymous

    King, bended knee, and begged? Really? You seen or read that? 

  • Anonymous

    Well, I did take a bit of dramatic license there.  ;-)  Seriously, though, it does say the mayor approached someone and asked for a donation.  I have a good guess as to who but it is just a guess.

    The “King” was more about some folks’ attitude towards the city leadership, unquestioning loyalty and all that.  We must remember that elected officials work for us and answer to us, not the other way around.

     

  • Anonymous

    But it also creates new jobs.  New technology doesn’t design, build, market and maintain itself.