Howard County Deputies Getting New Cameras

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

HOWARD COUNTY - Howard County deputies get some high tech upgrades to their wheels.

New digital cameras are going in to deputies patrol cars. Not only will they have sharper images they come with some high tech upgrades.

Deputies will be able to pull up to the courthouse then download all the video from their cameras into a server. That means they won't have to deal with tapes or CD's. Everything will be done automatically.

"We had a lot of problems with the old systems and having to replace every year or some every year, it was actually costing us more than what it would be to rent these," Sheriff Stan Parker, said.

The Sheriff's Office will rent the cameras for $17,000 per year. It's cheaper than what they're doing right now. We're told the office spends about $18,000 every year just to replace or fix their old cameras.

Another benefit to renting they can put cameras in all of the deputies' cars instead of just buying one or two and if the camera breaks it has a three year warranty. They can just send it in to be fixed.

The Howard County Sheriff's Office plans to start using the cameras as soon as they get them set up.