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Sheriff's Department installs in-car cameras

Friday, June 27, 2008

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Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton inspects one of the new in-dash digital cameras installed in eight of the sheriff's department's cruisers at Specialty Vehicle Solutions, Inc., Friday morning. Ivy Jackon Photo.
The Clay County Sheriff's Department is entering a new age of technology with the installation of in-car digital cameras in several of the department's cruisers.

"These (cruisers) are rolling offices, and they are equipped with everything an officer needs to do their job during any kind of situation," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times while technicians at Specialty Vehicle Solutions, Inc., Clay City, installed a camera in an off-duty deputy's cruiser Friday morning.

With the county budget stretched to its limits, Heaton said the department was able to purchase the new equipment at no cost to local citizens. Although the Clay County Council will have to transfer the funds to pay for the new equipment, Heaton wants to assure people that it is not coming out of taxpayers' pockets.

"We were able to use fees collected from issuing accident reports, sheriff's sales and funding returned to the department through drug seizures," Heaton said. "This is a project I've wanted to do for several years, and I'm glad the department was finally able to do it without placing the burden on our citizens."

At an approximate total cost of $4,000, the department purchased eight digital cameras. Heaton said the two K-9 units and six patrol cruisers were outfitted first with the cameras, which should be installed before July 3. More cameras will be purchased and installed at a later date for the other department vehicles.

The cameras have high-resolution recording that works either manually or automatically when lights and sirens are turned on, a GPS tracking system and a 60-second "pre-event" loop recording feature that will allow for the events leading up to an officer activating the system to be recorded as well.

The department tested five different in-dash camera systems before selecting one. Heaton said the Indiana State Police is currently using the same cameras in some of their cruisers.

"We wanted to get the best system we could for the money we had to spend," he said. "The cameras are under a manufacturer's warranty and we have the future capability of upgrading the system to allow for wireless capabilities."

Judicial and legal officials realize the advantages of video recordings for any contact between law enforcement officers, citizens and criminals. Typical benefits from using in-dash cameras are increased conviction rates and less time spent in litigation.

Heaton said the cameras have the potential of helping create greater public trust, which means it will be easier for officers to do their jobs.

"We've had complaints and allegations before about officers' behavior, all departments do, but the installation of these cameras protects everyone," Heaton said. "The officers at the department are excited about the installation of these cameras. They understand they're there to protect the public and also to protect officers against false allegations. These cameras will show how a crime happens and allow a jury to see and hear what the officers see and hear."


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Great news for the CCSD!

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Sat, Jun 28, 2008, at 3:42 PM

Terry,

That was rude! What does that have to do with the new cameras? Wow!

-- Posted by dmh15 on Sun, Jun 29, 2008, at 9:28 AM

Sounds like Terry was never taught the Golden Rule! People like him make our community so proud.......yeah, right! The is power in the pen, and Terry just revealed to all the readers what a disgusting individual he is!!

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Sun, Jun 29, 2008, at 11:13 AM

Rats! I missed what Terry said.

I love it when suspected idiots type things here and then prove that they are.

I gotta' start getting here sooner...

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Mon, Jun 30, 2008, at 6:47 AM

"BUT THE PIC DON'T LIE DOES IT"

Terry....You seem to delight in putting other people down and making idiotic, rude comments. Why don't you clean up your own back yard before being critical of others? Why not get a refresher course on proper grammar? That way you won't leave yourself open for others to clearly see your stupidity!

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Mon, Jun 30, 2008, at 11:11 PM

If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

We've all heard that line. I thank God my mother changed it a little bit for her children.

If you can't say anything intelligent, keep your opinion to yourself.

She knew there would be times when we would have to say something bad about a situation and this is one of those times.

Terry, you just keep sticking your foot in your mouth and showing your ignorance to the entire world for everyone to see and judge.

You probably point out birth defects and deformities for fun, don't you?

-- Posted by Cy on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 7:53 PM

One does have to wonder whatever would possess someone to be so extremely rude. I like the wording Cy's mother used!

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 9:07 PM


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