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New technology helps officers in Carrollton fight crime

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- With 28 years on the Carrollton Police force, Steve Abbott says he's seeing an old problem return to the city's streets.  "I've been around a long time," said Abbott. "The biggest problem we have facing us right now is the heroin."

WDRB's Gilbert Corsey went along for the ride as he went on a routine call checking a van parked in a crosswalk downtown.  "I got a warning which was telling me that one of the people the vehicle was register to had an emergency protection order," said Abbott.

There were no drugs tied to the car.

Abbott figured it out with the mobile data terminal, or MDT, connected to his dashboard. It's a $6,000 computer system giving officers instant access to a National Crime Database.

"There's no comparison to the old way we used to serve warrants to the e-warrants system. It used to be you would pull over a driver and you would have to guess if you wanted to check and see if that person had a warrant," said Chief Michael Willhoite of the Carrollton Police Dept.

Abbott can now enter specifics from an I.D. or a license plate, and see if a person is wanted in the county, the state or anywhere else in the nation.  MDT's are common in larger police departments, but they're not in all cruisers in Carrollton.

"Being a small agency with ten people our budgets are tight and being able to pick up a five to seven thousand dollar piece of equipment is something we just can't budget for in these times," said Willhoite.

That's why Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway hand-delivered two more MDT'S to Carroll County Tuesday morning.

"I think it's really been a model for how we can partner with other agencies and let the officers on the street do their jobs," said Conway.

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