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New equipment in store for Mississippi County Sheriffs

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Mississippi County Sheriffs could receive new body cameras and dash cameras soon. 

The quorum court unanimously agreed Tuesday to allow Judge Randy Carney to put in a request for a grant to provide the new equipment. 

The GIF grant is through the Arkansas Rural Development Commission. The county is asking for 2 new dash cameras and 2 body cameras. The department currently does not have any body cameras for the deputies. 

Judge Carney says these cameras can help keep the deputies safe and give proof of what really happened during an arrest.

"It's a dangerous profession and we want our officers, our deputies to have everything," said Carney. "All the tools and equipment that they need and to be as safe as possible."

He said these cameras would be a good addition to the department especially after the gun and drug bust, Operation Blynd Justice that happened this summer. 

In the future the county would like to supply all of the deputies with body cameras. 

The grant has not been awarded to the county yet, but Carney said he is hopeful. 

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