Briefs: Montana Governor Blasts Laptop Allowance for Lawmakers

New Orleans police to use new crime-fighting software; a holiday surprise for car thieves.

by / January 11, 2011
Brian Schweitzer, governor, Montana Photo courtesy of Montana

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer isn’t pleased by the state Legislature’s approval of money that will be spent on laptops for lawmakers.

Schweitzer, a Democrat, criticized the Republican-controlled state Legislature for the expenditure. But the practice isn’t new: Lawmakers have received a $1,500 stipend for laptops since 2007, according to NBC Montana.

Schweitzer reportedly has suspended computer purchases in the state’s executive branch in order to save money.

Source: NBA Montana


New Orleans P.D. to Use New Crime-Fighting Software

The New Orleans Police Department is using a new real-time policing tool as part of a larger effort to improve the city’s crime-fighting presence.

The Omega Crime View software “analyzes crime trends in real time and allows commanders to marshal field units more effectively,” according to WWLTV. The system will replace a legacy solution the city has been using since 1996.

New Orleans may also hire an IT vendor to analyze service calls and community policing.

The technology upgrades will complement other initiatives, which include clearing a backlog of DNA testing and better community relations.

Source: WWLTV

A Holiday Surprise for Car Thieves

Six unlucky car thieves who prowled parking lots during the holiday season were arrested in Gadsden, Ala., when they tried to break into a booby trapped car.

The automobile — outfitted with video cameras and microphones — contained cell phones and Christmas presents as bait. The police can remotely lock the car to trap the suspect inside.

Source: WBRC