KINGWOOD — In-car cameras and new software will soon make the Preston Sheriff's Department more efficient, according to Sheriff Dan Loughrie and Chief Deputy P. A. Pitt.

Loughrie said 23 vehicles will be fitted with new, front and back view cameras. Money for the cameras came from a $65,000 Homeland Security grant.

A second improvement to the system is the addition of software that will provide officers with real time visual information through computers. The department hopes to have the system in place by April 10.

Justin Wolfe, assistant director of the Preston County Office of Emergency Management, said 911 and the sheriff's department jointly purchased the Spillman CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) software. He said the system, which is located at the 911 center, is used to receive and track calls.