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Small camera gives sheriff’s office big boost

by Tom Chillemi

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Technology is giving the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office an edge in fighting crime. Above, deputy R.D. Cable and Sheriff Guy Abbott appear in the camera’s monitor.  (Photo by Tom Chillemi)
Through a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) grant, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office recently installed a camera in a county police car that records video in front of the vehicle and to the rear, including the back seat.

The compact camera fits in place of the standard rearview mirror and allows deputies to view a monitor showing a suspect in the back seat.

The high-tech camera records continuously and can capture events that occurred before it was even activated. For example, if a deputy sees someone run a stop sign, he can activate the camera and it will save the previous event that just occurred, explained Middlesex deputy R.D. Cable. It records equally well at day or night, he added.

The screen also shows GPS locations, radar speed, date and time, and records the data that’s on the screen. The unit marks locations with the GPS so deputies can return to the exact spot of an incident.

The unit includes a wireless microphone that is worn by the deputy to record conversations.

Deputy Cable noted the camera was used to record a high-speed pursuit in March that started in Topping and ended in Lancaster with a suspect being arrested. 

posted 04.01.2009

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