Deputies with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office know each new day brings another chance for armed robberies, car break-ins or a variety of other crimes. Luckily, these crimes are occasionally caught on video. Unfortunately, the quality of the video can stall an arrest.
CAPT J.D. Yeager of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office says, "We get an armed robbery or some crime where there's a videotape of it, a lot of time the images are not real clear."
But not for long.
The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office is one of the very first recipients of the justice assistance grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The money will be used to improve the video analysis system.
SGT Jim Jackson of the Lowndes County Forensics Unit says, "Well, a long time ago this was a sleepy little sheriff's office and we've progressed into the 21st century."
But the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office isn't the only one receiving money. The Valdosta Police Department will also receive a cut of that grant, meaning improved services for city residents as well.
LT Bernard Robinson of the Valdosta Police Department says, "The jag grant will enable the Valdosta Police Department to obtain more equipment, which will provide better services for the citizens of Valdosta, which will help us to protect them better."
It’s something that always remains a priority for both the Police Department and Sheriff's Office. The two departments will split more than $45,000 of grant funds, which will help pay for all the upgrades.