Knox County Sheriffs Department gets new equiptment

The Knox County Sheriffs Office has some upgrades. This includes new body armor and body cameras for all their officers. These changes will serve not only to protect the community but the officers as well.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 6:42 PM

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI)- Aaron Morris has been with the Knox County Sheriff's Office for nearly 8 years. Since then a lot of things have changed. This includes their protection.

"When I started you know the body armor was big and bulky," said Detective Morris.


With the approval of the county, the office has some upgrades. This includes new body armor for all their officers. The new layer will serve as extra protection.

"This new armor we got actually exceeds the old ballistic protection as far as what it can stop," said Detective Morris.

Body armor was just one of the upgrades that the department made, the other one involves their body cameras.

These cameras are linked up to their patrol cars. When on camera is activated the other one will turn on as well.

Patrol officers and officers working in the county jail will receive the cameras. Al the new gear cost roughly $100,000.

The department paid for most of it using money earned from housing out of county inmates. Despite the cost Sheriff Mike Morris says the equipment is necessary.

"It provides an extra step of safety for the citizens as well as the deputies so its technology that keeps progressing every day and we try to stay on top of it," said Sheriff Morris.

The next project the department has planned is installing cameras in their jail transportation vehicles. This will take place early next year.

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