Prosecutor's office donates funds to Conneaut Police Deparment

Nicholas Iarocci (left) presented a check to Sgt. Stephen Gerics on Monday, for the purchase of two new mobile data terminals for the Conneaut Police department. The terminals let officers do much of their work from inside their cruisers.

CONNEAUT — Conneaut police officers will have more access to information thanks to a donation from the county prosecutor's office.

The Conneaut Police Department will use the $5,700 donation to purchase a pair of mobile data terminals, computers that can be fitted into a police cruiser. 

"We're pleased to be able to help," County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci said.

"We are extremely grateful for that money," Police Chief Michael Colby said.

The mobile data terminals are similar to the computers dispatchers have access to, Colby said. "It's a lot quicker," he added.

The computers let officers do things if the dispatcher is busy, and allow them to write reports from their vehicle, Colby said.

Currently, officers are assigned a mobile data terminal at the beginning of their shift, Colby said. The ideal situation would be to have a mobile data terminal for each vehicle, which would require 10-12 more. "They're special laptops, built for this type of work," Colby said.

The funds came from the prosecutor's office's Law Enforcement Trust Fund, which is funded by fines and court-ordered forfeiture of criminal assets, according to a release from the prosecutor's office.

Departments can apply for funds, Iarocci said.