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Tippecanoe County jail expected to get new camera system

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office is due for some technology upgrades.

Posted: Dec 18, 2018 6:38 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Sheriff-Elect Bob Goldsmith worked in the Tippecanoe County jail for years.

"The inmates weren't cooperating with locking down," explained Goldsmith."It kind of escalated a little bit and they eventually complied but there were some accusations at the time,"

Goldsmith wishes he had modern technology back then.

"Had there been higher quality video in some of the blind spots taken care of at that time, I'm sure it would have been beneficial," said Goldsmith. 

That's why he's completely on board with the plan to upgrade the video security system at the jail. County commissioners also said it's needed.

"It'll be web based, and stored in the cloud and obviously then those videos will be stored for a longer period of time," said Commissioner Tom Murtaugh. 

The new camera system won't come cheap.

"Between a million and 1.1 million dollars," said Murtaugh. 

"For anybody, a million dollars is very expensive," said Goldsmith. "But I look to protect our staff and our inmates, a million dollars is money well spent."

Another upgrade is also in the works for the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office. The county approved a contract for new dash and body cameras. Goldsmith was there when a man shot at his fellow deputy in 2017. He was later prosecuted and sentenced for attempted murder with the help of dash cam proof.

"There are a lot of emotions in it when you are able to play the video you can see for yourself exactly what happened," said Goldsmith. 

The Sheriff's Office has already been using the new body and dash cameras for a trial run.

The new jail security system should go up for bid in April.

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