Cold Affecting Laptops in Cop Cars - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Cold Affecting Laptops in Cop Cars

UNION GAP, Wa -  The cold weather is making life difficult for police officers out on patrol.  Their office is the patrol car.  Inside, they have a laptop they use to check license plates and communicate with dispatch.  The Union Gap Police Department says they spent about $3,000 on laptops that are built to withstand extreme cold and heat, but Sergeant Larry Worden says they still act up sometimes.

"They are much slower when they are cold until we get interior car temperatures up," says Sgt. Worden, "When you first start out on the shift if your car's been sitting cold, it takes a while for it to start up."

But Sergeant Worden says the computers have not failed.  They just take a little while to get warmed up.  He says it can be inconvenient, but they can still go out on patrol and be effective.