Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Congrats To Our Winner!!!!

Bob Johnson's Computer Stuff wants to wish a big CONGRATULATIONS to Chief Shawn Tray of West Mahanoy Township Police Department in Shenandoah, PA!  Chief Tray's short essay won the West Mahanoy Township Police Department a FREE Panasonic Toughbook CF-30!

We received multiple submissions from various police departments throughout the country.  However, West Mahanoy Township stood out.  Unlike other departments that are currently making do with older equipment, West Mahanoy Township currently has no equipment.  They are a very small community, which leaves them with a minimal budget to fund their small police force.  We felt that providing them with a Panasonic Toughbook would significantly increase their productivity in the field which would in turn increase the safety of the local community for their residents.  Upon learning that their department was the winner of our contest Chief Tray was highly appreciative and said, "it will be a great help to the department."

His Essay:
 With the budget crunch our township is facing this item would be a great benefit to the department and the effort we make to keep the community safe.  As of now our department has not been able to utilize the advanced technology that’s available.  Our patrol vehicles are not equipped with computers or an in car camera system.  The lack of a laptop severely limits the number of registration and licenses we are able to check, and the number of criminal history's we are able to get via roadside.  With not having this capability we are missing out on information that would lead to more arrest.  It also takes time away from officers being out on the road, as we must come back to the station and use our 11-year-old computer to access J-Net, and complete incidents.  Our police department covers over 16 square miles and serves over 3,000 residents.  Unfortunately each year there just has not been money left over in the budget to invest into new items.  Our crime has continued to rise over the last two years, with criminal arrest increasing nearly 15%.  This includes arrest for marijuana grow operation, a methamphetamine lab in a motel room and execution of numerous search warrants, where illegal narcotics were seized.  Officers have seized over the past two years, nearly six pounds of marijuana, 150 packets of heroin, over three grams of cocaine.  Along with ecstasy pills, methamphetamine, and prescription drugs.  I know to some departments this may not seem like a lot, but from having zero seizures prior to two years ago, to being a proactive police department, is a step in the right direction.  I assure you this item would be used to the fullest and greatly appreciated by our department.  Thank you for your time and consideration.
Bob presenting the CF-30 to Chief Tray

Enter To Win:
If you missed this contest, you can enter our next contest which will be running through March 31, 2012.  Visit our Facebook page to enter to win a Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 for your department!  The contest is open to fire, police, and EMS departments!

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