LEANDER, Texas — Technology has become a part of almost everything we do, and that means police departments have to be able to process that information quickly to keep us safe.

While it may be a small room at Leander PD, but the technology inside is so much more.

"It opens the door to who you are as a person," said Detective Jason Johnson. "So basically we'll get something like a hard drive or something that's pulled from a computer and we'll make an image of that device."

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Detectives Johnson and others can look through anything that might be related to a possible crime off of a piece of tech.

"We still do the interviews, still do all the other legwork, but a lot of things are touching technology," he said. "I mean it's not a be-all, end-all, but it is a tool that is necessary nowadays."

It uses two suped-up computers combining for around $26,000, which give investigators the keys to unlock phones in a fraction of the time.

"Absolutely, I had someone come in this morning from an agency and I had her phone ready for her within an hour."

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That's much better than the months it used to take when phones needed to be sent off to the state for the same treatment.

A grant from the U.S. Secret Service covered most of the bill, including one computer and training. This lab gives Leander PD a chance to take a big step farther into the digital age.

"Nowadays we're trying to lead the way as far as technology and things like that," said Johnson. 

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