Payson Police Win Grant To Unlock Phone Secrets

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If you’re planning on getting arrested: Consider ditching your cell phone.

That’s because the Payson Police Department just landed a $12,000 federal grant to buy equipment that can unlock all your secrets once they have their hands on your cell phone.

Cell phones have played a crucial role in a slew of recent investigations.

That includes reconstructing networks of contacts in some drug cases.

Cell phones have also figured prominently in several internal investigations that involved police officers sexting or sending inappropriate messages on cell phones on which the town pays half the monthly cost.

The grant from the U.S. Justice Department will pay for a Universal Mobile Extraction Device that “will allow us to obtain information from suspect’s cell phones and other mobile devices,” Payson Police Chief Don Engler wrote in a council decision request memo.

Engler noted “Equipment will be utilized by detectives and assist other agencies when needed.”

The council approved the grant last Thursday, together with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office required as part of the federal grant package.

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