Five of the 20 Dell tablets donated to the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office are seen with, from left, Sheriff Larry Webb, Joe Smith of Custom Commodities, Charlie Cano of ETEX Communications and Danny Weems of First National Bank of Gilmer.

From staff reports

The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office has received a donation of 20 Dell tablets valued at almost $60,000 from a group of local businesses.

ETEX Communications headed the donation effort, which also included First National Bank of Gilmer, local businessman Richard Henson and Custom Commodities.

The tablets eventually will be placed in sheriff’s office patrol vehicles in conjunction with new software scheduled to be implemented in late September, according to sheriff’s officials.

The tablets will enable deputies to receive calls for service information, including a mapping service to guide them to exact locations. In addition, deputies will be able to find warrant and driver’s license information without being required to air personal information over the radio, sheriff’s officials said.

Also, the tables will enable deputies to do reports in the field, which will end the practice of returning to the main sheriff’s office to do basic paperwork.

In addition to this donation, ETEX Communications is assisting the sheriff’s office with implementation of its new digital radio communications system by providing tower space to the county at no charge to taxpayers.