Laptop restrictor funding OK'd by NCCo council

By Tom Lehman 10:02pm, October 8, 2013 - Updated 9:44pm, October 9, 2013
VIDEO: County Councilman Bill Bell discusses the laptop restrictor funding.
New Castle County Council has approved grant funding to buy devices that restrict when police officers can use onboard laptops in their vehicles.

WDEL's Tom Lehman has more.

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Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to set aside more than $43,000 in grant funding for laptop restrictors, devices that disable the keyboards of computers inside police vehicles traveling at 15 mph or faster.

"I think it's very creative in their thinking," said County Councilman Bill Bell (D-Middletown), who heads the public safety committee.

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The devices would not prevent officers' laptops from displaying information such as driving routes while the restrictor is operating.

Bell said the measure, which was suggested by County Police Chief Col. Elmer Setting, will improve public safety for officers and the public.

"The officers are making the response but in addition, I think the police department's initiative is to also protect the citizens that our officers are out to protect," he said.

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The funds were allocated through Delaware's Special Law Enforcement Assistance Fund for use as New Castle County’s SLEAF Police Laptop Restrictor Grant.

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