Police Patrol With High-Tech Equipment

The Houston County Sheriff's Department will soon have high-tech equipment to match their new patrol cars.

The old Houston County sheriff deputy car cameras are nice, but to store information from them can be time consuming.

Reggie Yeomans, with the Houston County Sheriff’s Department Technical Support Team said, "We use 8mm tape systems and it's a nightmare for backing up and recovery."

However, in about two weeks the sheriff's department will get an upgrade for their new cars.

The upgrade will come in the form of watch guard cameras.

Yeomans said, "It's a Department of Defense speck camera. Everything in the car is built for durability and defense against the elements."

In addition to those bells and whistles, the camera can store up to 72 hours of footage, which automatically shoots to a hard drive.

So, whether the camera is recording or not, it's still collecting video.

Chief Deputy Don Valenza with the Houston County Sheriff’s Department said, "When an officer responds to the situation he's in, we can go back and review it later."

The Houston County Commission budgeted and approved for eight car camera's to be purchased at $4800 dollars each.

The new sheriff cars are Crown Victorias and are all black with gold lettering.

The camera has two-way capabilities so the driver can see what's going on in front of them and in the back seat.

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  • by K on May 31, 2007 at 05:26 AM
    I agree with that! Unfortunately we all know it's okay for an officer to speed, tailgate, and break the same laws we get tickets for. Then they act 'surprised' when one of thier own gets into some kind of legal mess!!
  • by Rabon Smith Location: Hartford on May 29, 2007 at 08:20 PM
    The new camera's could prove to be valuable tools if the police chief would review them so he can see how bad his police officers tailgate other drivers.
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