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NC police get new in-car camera system

Police chief says cameras will aid in investigations


By Tiffany Thompson
CNH1

STANLY COUNTY, N.C. — One local police department has stepped up its crime fighting ability with new, state-of-the-art technology.

Locust Police Department added the DVM500+ in-car camera system to its patrol cars, a change that Chief Frank Hartsell said will benefit the officers.

Sgt. Steven Smith is among the officers using the camera system (CNHI Photo).
Sgt. Steven Smith is among the officers using the camera system (CNHI Photo).

“There are a lot of good things we can use these cameras for. Most importantly, though, they can help a lot with our investigations,” Hartsell said.

The police department first began purchasing the new cameras in July 2010 through the company Digital Ally. At that time, only four cameras were purchased, but after seeing the benefits of having the camera system in the car, five more were purchased — four of which the city purchased this budget year and the fifth was funded by trading in 6,000 Governor Highway Safety Program points.

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