Police Work Goes High Tech

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.

Payne says there are plans to eventually expand the project to include coastal agencies in Louisiana and Alabama.