Edmunds to Provide Charles County Sheriff's Office with Vehicle Database

When Charles County Sheriff's officers write reports or police communications officers dispatch lookouts, it is important to have accurate information about the makes and models of vehicles. Keeping its vehicle database up-to-date recently became much easier, thanks to some assistance from a leading automotive Web site company, Edmunds.com.

The company is providing the Sheriff's Office with automotive database information free of charge and will update the database annually with new vehicle information. The database will give the Sheriff's Office accurate, up-to-date data on the myriad makes and models of cars, trucks and sport-utility vehicles, ensuring the Agency obtains precise vehicle information. Initially, the database will be available on computers in the Sheriff's Office that can access the Agency's records system, however, as more than 280 laptops are installed in police cruisers over the next five years, those computers will be equipped with the information as well.

"The assistance we are receiving from Edmunds.com will be very helpful and I am very thankful to them for providing it to us at no cost," said Charles County Sheriff Frederick E. Davis. "Edmunds.com has comprehensive database that is continually updated. For us to create such a database on our own would cost us considerable time, effort and money."

Edmunds was founded in 1966 and began printing guides to assist consumers who were buying automobiles. Its most recent publication is Strategies for Smart Car Buyers.

In early 1995, the company launches its web site, http://www.edmunds.com/. The site predated the advent of manufacturers' web sites and all other automotive destination sites. Edmunds.com says it now has over 800,000 pages of information accessed by over 200,000 people a day. Its site provides free automotive consumer advice, including appraisal and ownership-cost tools for new and used vehicles. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, Ca.

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