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Louisiana sheriff’s office starts passing out smart devices

February 26, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff’s office has started giving deputies a new handheld mobile policing device intended to ease many of their day-to-day duties and streamline technology tools such as surveillance videos and GPS data.

The Advocate reports that the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office is the first agency to purchase and implement the device, which is called a “Gismo.” The sheriff’s office rolled out the first five Gismos last week and plans to add 15 more in the coming weeks.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks says the smartphone-like technology integrates a variety of law enforcement technology, including camera feeds and dispatch information. It’s also capable of license plate scans and fingerprinting, among other things.

The Gismo was developed by a Baton Rouge company and costs around $2,680 each.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com