Tipton County Deputies hope a new camera will lower crime levels

A new thermal imaging camera is really heating things up for criminals in Tipton County.

It senses body heat and officials say it will help them find criminals who are trying to hide.

"When they hit the woods and try to hide from us, this will aid in picking them up if they're out hiding behind the bushes, the trees, the foliage in the area we have to look for," Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley said

In a training session earlier this week, deputies learned more about the camera and how it worked.

They said it will limit the amount of ground they have to cover when looking for a suspect.

"Give a longer view, a wider area view and lessen the threatening part from the subject towards the officer," Deputy Clay Honeycutt said.

The thermal imaging camera comes with this monitor and that allows officers who are assisting in the capture of a wanted party to see the scene from a different angle.

Pictures from our news partner The Leader show officers using the new camera.

They hope its heat sensing device will help them find drugs and drug dealers.

"Not only the possible heat source from the things they're using to cook meth but also the people that are there around the lab itself," Chumley said.

So from drugs to other dangers, deputies are turning up the heat to stop crime!

Another good thing about this thermal imaging camera is that it didn't cost Tipton County taxpayers any money.  The Sheriff's Department got the camera through a fifteen thousand dollar grant from the US Department of homeland security.

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