PROSSER, Wash-- It has become increasingly popular among just about everyone: the cell phone. But for Deputy Doug Hollenbeck, his I-Phone has become a crime fighting gadget.
"I've had it for about 8 months," says Hollenbeck. "I stumbled upon it on the internet and realized it was a useful tool."
It not only makes calls and sends e-mails, but it's also a pocket translator. Hollenbeck is admittedly at a disadvantage because he can't speak fluent spanish in a significantly hispanic community.
"I've got some basic vocabulary skills but other than that, not so much," he adds. That has translated to the phone being somewhat of a staple in his line-up of gear.
"I walk up to the people at the window and I'll read it to them, or have them read it while I read it to them, and they understand 100% of the time."
In what can only be called a chaotic job, Hollenbeck is prepared for almost anyone he meets; from roll-over accidents to routine traffic stops.
"At the very least I feel they should understand what they did wrong and how they can correct it."