By: Sarah Snyder
HOBBS, NEW MEXICO - Police in Hobbs are putting down the radios and picking up the laptops. Officials have been organizing their assignments with paper files and multiple computer programs, but for Hobbs officers, those days are history.
The new $750,000 dispatch system allows them to find any information on the local, state, or federal level. They can also call out fire, EMS, and police at the same time.
"It's saving a lot of time," Hobbs Dispatcher Angela Martinez, said. "It's saving a lot of time and the officers are going to be happier. In the long run, the officers are going to be a lot happier as well as for the police department and the citizens."
Hobbs police are also using a new 911 mapping system that outlines the entire city: every home, business, and even street lamps and storage sheds.
The patrol cars are also getting some new technology. On duty officers will have access to mug shots, maps, and background checks.
The records department is pretty happy about those changes too. They'll be able to shred up all that paper, and log on.