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Winder Police to upgrade interview rooms

POSTED: June 11, 2014 12:00 p.m.

The Winder Police Department has been chosen to receive a grant for up to $10,000 to use toward outfitting two new interview rooms with updated technology.

The WPD applied for the grant in February through the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and was notified in May that they had been chosen as one of the recipients of the grant.

They will soon receive a letter detailing more specifics about the award and how to go about utilizing the funds.

The CJCC, according to its website, "serves as the State Administering Agency for numerous federal grant programs and manages state grant programs funded by the Georgia General Assembly." In other words, the CJCC applies for grants on behalf of the State of Georgia, and from there makes its own awards to grant applicants. As part of this process, the CJCC’s duties include ensuring that the subgrantees adhere to the standards set forth by each funding program.

WPD Chief of Police Jim Fullington said that when the WPD moved from their old building into the new one last spring, they left behind an old, outdated interview room.

"The equipment there had started failing because of age and technology change," Fullington said.

"When we moved into our new building, they built two nice interview rooms but we didn’t have the funding to outfit them with nice audio/video recording device equipment."

The grant is for up to $10,000 per agency, and the WPD will use these funds to purchase the latest audio/video technology so that interviews may not only be recorded, but also then downloaded digitally so that copies can be made as needed for individual cases.

Fullington said the abilities afforded the WPD by the new technology will be helpful.

"Bottom line is: it’s some of the latest technology, it’s done digitally and it’ll be stored directly on a server, and we’ll be able to access and burn off copies as needed for court," Fullington said.

 

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