The Illinois State University Police Department is getting laptop computers installed in four of its patrol cars thanks to a $27,000 grant from the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS). The “ruggedized” computers will allow officers to access state and national crime file and intelligence databases and communicate digitally with other law enforcement agencies across Illinois.

The funding to the Illinois State University Police Department is part of a $3 million ILEAS grant program to provide more than 450 squad car computers to 205 law enforcement agencies across the state. The funding comes from Federal Homeland Security grants through the Illinois Terrorism Task Force. Each specialized squad car computer is valued at around $6,800.

ILEAS is a an inter-governmental coalition representing more than 900 local law enforcement agencies and more than 95 percent of all sworn officers in Illinois. ILEAS helps to meet the needs of Illinois law enforcement agencies in matters of mutual aid, emergency response and the combining of resources for public safety.