New mobile crime fighter in Tipton County - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

New mobile crime fighter in Tipton County

TIPTON COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Officers in Tipton County have a new mobile crime fighter to help them capture crooks.

And you'll never believe who paid for it.

The mobile crime scene van is just another tool Tipton County Sheriff''s investigators have to help fight crime.

Captain Gerald Spencer said, "We know it's going to help us solve crimes such as burglaries, thefts, vandalisms, things of that nature."

Inside, investigators have everything they need to process a crime scene including fingerprinting and other evidence collection kits.

Some say it's a far cry from the early days of on scene police work.

Chief Donna Turner said, "When I was a rookie detective, you had to carry what you were gonna process at a crime scene in the trunk of your car or in the back seat of your car."

Deputies hope this new tool will increase the department's solve rate by at least twenty percent.

Spencer said, "Whenever it rolls up on a scene, we know we've got what we need there."

The new crime scene van along with the equipment inside comes at no cost to Tipton county taxpayers.

The Sheriff's office used drug fund money to pay for it.

Turner said, "This is not an item that we could budget for and be able to afford."

The 15- thousand dollars used to pay for this van came from drug dealers themselves after their drug smuggling vehicles were sold at auction.

Turner said, "We're gonna be more efficient in working crime scenes, narcotic investigations to put more drug dealers behind bars."

And efficiency is the new name of the game as Tipton County cracks down on those committing the crimes.

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