Rock County authorities said a partnership with an Illinois County sheriff's office will improve public safety.
Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said the agency is partnering with the Illinois Winnebago County Sheriff's Office to exchange information in real time.
A communication program called Adobe Connect allows law enforcement to share information related to public safety such as missing persons reports or kidnapping cases. Investigators will be able to upload information from squad-mounted computers. Winnebago County Sheriff Richard Meyers offered to share use of the web-based program for free with Rock County deputies.
Spoden explained that since Rock and Winnebago counties are in different states, they operate under different regulations and also have differing technical issues related to communication devices.