Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Office Gets Live Video Capability In Patrol Units


By Catalina Trivino

Alabama News Network is taking action against crime with Montgomery County sheriff's deputies who have a new tool they say will make roads safer. We have an exclusive look at how it works.

Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies are bringing the scene to the office, that means everything deputies see behind the wheel can be seen through a live feed.

It's nothing new that cameras have been inside Montgomery County's deputy patrol cars for years.

But drivers -- beware.

As soon as the pedal is pushed and if you're driving recklessly Montgomery County deputies will be able to catch you through the patrol camera and from the office -- this is not pre-recorded, but live video.

"You can see how it indicates, we've got the record light going on and we've got the various equipment that it'll show it's running and operating," Said Lt. James Smith

A simple feature Chief deputy, Derrick Cunningham, says could save a life. He says you never know when a traffic stop or a pursuit can go wrong and being able to watch what's happening live is a necessary upgrade.

"For example as you can see with the deputy here with his camera on -- if he was in an actual vehicle pursuit, we're at the office. We'll be able to determine the traffic conditions, we'll be able to determine if the situation is too dangerous," Said Cunningham.

And if it is too dangerous Cunningham says the office can get a more visual idea of what the next plan of action should be or to verify what really happened on the roadway...

"We've had situations where somebody said a deputy pulled out in front of them and had a car accident. We can go back and play that camera and youll be shocked to know that you're talking about a camera system that's running all the time," Said Cunningham.

The Sherriff's office hopes to have the upgrades done to 40 of the patrol cars within the next four months. The system upgrade costs about 16-thousand dollars and was paid by federal grant money.


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