Zanesville City Council passed an emergency ordinance at Monday's meeting that will allow the Zanesville Police Department to purchase new computers and replacement central processing units (CPUs). Police Chief Kenny Miller says Microsoft will no longer support the older computers that are currently in the cruisers.
"The computers we have in the cars now are approximately 5 years old, running on Windows XP," Chief Miller explained. "Microsoft has come out and said they will no longer support that or supply security patches as of April the 8th."
With the deadline of April 8 quickly approaching, Chief Miller says the cruisers should be updated within about a week.
"We talked to a company in California. If we can order them here in the next day or so, they promised we could get at least an upgrade CPU within a week, which would give us less than a week to get them all installed and working."
In total, ZPD has 15 marked units and nine unmarked cars. The total cost of the computers is $76,328.