Mississippi coast authorities say they'll soon be linked across jurisdictional lines by a computer. Harrison County Sheriff George Payne says Congress has approved 6 million dollars for the Automated System Project in 2002.
Payne says the project is the first of its kind in the nation. He says that a data network will link 13 law enforcement agencies in Harrison Hancock and Jackson counties. The project will put laptop computers that are linked in a secure, wireless police intranet in patrol cars. Communications experts from Stennis Space Center, universities and other agencies will help out.