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Mobile Booking Unit Helps Save Officers Time

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Law enforcement officials call it an incredibly efficient way of saving time and money for officers on the street and now new numbers show just what the "Mobile Booking Unit" is capable of each month.

"Say an officer makes an arrest in Hermitage. He has to drive downtown to do the paperwork he's out of his precinct for an hour and a half to two hours but if we setup in his precinct they're in and out in 30 minutes," said Lt. Michael Cathey with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office.

The mobile booking unit allows officers to write up affidavits, detain suspects, take mughsots and even communicate with a judge through a web camera. Officials say each month they process about 200 people.

"Taking the booking process out to the community and not have the officers have to drive out all the way to downtown Nashville with the traffic and delays built in. It reduces down time so you're not taking up the entire night of an officer," said Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall.

Hall said his department has ordered another mobile booking unit which will cost around $400,000 and be operational by October. 

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