Anonymous donation provides police with increased capacity to safeguard community

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An anonymous donation to the Wheeling Police Department helped the department purchase three new pieces of equipment.

Thanks to a donation of $37,500, the department was able to purchase three new pieces of equipment that will increase efficiency and enhance the department’s technological efforts to record and collect data.

“The fact that an anonymous donor gave their local police department funding to purchase technological needs goes to show people do care about their community, and local policing,” said Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger in a press release.

The team purchased 24 new body cameras that record in high definition, are smaller, lightweight, and more secure that will eventually sync with the patrol vehicles in-car cameras.

They also purchased a StealthStat, which is a piece of equipment that will allow the traffic unit to effectively track and manage traffic related issues.

Features include collecting data on the number of vehicles on a roadway during a certain time of day, and will evaluate speeding issues.

Officials are analyzing neighborhoods throughout the city where the StealthStat can be used.

The third piece of equipment is a LiveScan station. This new technology will enhance the department’s booking procedures.

The LiveScan will be equipped with inkless fingerprinting and new digital photography for mugshots.

“We will certainly put these body cameras and the StealthStat to good use,” said Chief Schwertfeger.

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