The Flowery Branch Police Department will soon be receiving upgrades to its fleet of vehicles.
Police Chief David Spillers announced Thursday that the department has been approved for a nearly-$1,500 state grant that pay for 12 mobile data terminals for city police vehicles. Spillers said the terminals will be a significant upgrade.
"What it allows us to do is communicate in a more efficient fashion with the crash data people that receive our crash data reports," Spillers said. "It also allows us to communicate more effectively with the 911 center. We're able to send and receive information over the mobile data unit without having to wait on a radio call."
The grant comes from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Flowery Branch completed an application period for the grant in October of 2018.
Spillers said that there are other local police departments that already had similar terminals, but others that don't, such as sheriff's offices that have larger fleets of vehicles. He said the terminals were an upgrade that the department had been pursuing for several years.
"This was a blessing because we didn't have to use budgetary funding to provide (the units," Spillers said.