Thursday, December 05, 2013
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October 23, 2013
POLK COUNTY -- Polk and Lincoln counties have been awarded a $75,000 joint grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase sophisticated surveillance equipment.
Dean Bender, the county's emergency management coordinator, said the the grant will pay for designing and building a mobile security trailer.
The equipment can be used for surveillance during large events, such as Summerfest and the county fair, for securing crime scenes, or monitoring river water levels during flooding events.
"What is nice about this is you can deploy it anywhere," Bender said. "It has an onboard generator, so you can deploy this thing for months at a time."
Bender said there are numerous equipment options available in addition to security cameras, including motion sensors, thermal imaging, flood lighting, and night vision cameras.
"We are actually getting prices on all the options and putting together what we think we will need," Bender said.
Bender said the cameras would be able to send a live feed to an emergency command center -- or even a laptop or smartphone -- allowing law enforcement agencies to cover more ground with fewer officers.
Polk and Lincoln counties also have the distinction of being the first to receive the sophisticated systems, making the region a test site for the technology in the state.
"It's kind of cool we can do this," Bender said. "We are on the ground floor."
Bender said the trailer should be delivered and ready for action in early 2014.