DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. (KOLO) - Drones, body cameras and a new remote operated vehicle are just some of the new items implemented by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. All those extra sets of eyes allow the department to work more efficiently.
“I don’t have to call out the whole entire force to do something, I can put the drone in the air and cover a lot of space with it,” says Deputy Trey.
A total of 103 deputies in Douglas County have body cameras. Each camera costs 400 dollars. The 5-year licensing contract to keep the body cameras running costs approximately half a million dollars. All the new technology has a high cost but comes with a large benefit; the new eyes have been used on fires, fleeing suspects and search and rescue.
“The primary focus is to promote accountability and transparency between officers and citizen contact,” says Undersheriff Paul Howell.