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City to purchase police communication software for local tribe

April 18th, 2013 - 6:24am

(Port Angeles) -- The city of Port Angeles is fronting money to help get mobile computers in Lower Elwha Klallam police vehicles. The city council this week voted 6-0 for the agreement.

Under the plan, the city will buy software licenses for the system for the tribe.

But police chief Terry Gallagher says the tribe will pay the city back the 20-thousand dollars. He says the tribe doesn't have an agreement to deal directly with the software vendor, New World Software.

Gallagher says the tribal police vehicles will be able to use the wireless data system the city now uses.

The city launched the BTOP system last year that uses linked wireless "pods". Emergency vehicles can log into the system and use it for added communication and transferring data from headquarters to cars.

The tribe helped the city in applying for a two million dollar federal grant that paid for installing the system with plans to expand the service to the reservation west of town.

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