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Police Department Wants To Increase Security Within City

By: Angela Sparkman
By: Angela Sparkman

It was two weeks ago that three people were shot, killing two, in Martin County.

The Inez Police Chief says it was a rare crime for the small town, but he wants to be prepared if something like that happens again.

Mitchell Williamson says in his 21 years as Police Chief, Inez has never had a violent crime like what happened two weeks ago when someone shot three people and fled the scene.

"If that ever happens again in the community, I'd like to be better prepared," Chief Williamson said.

He says that night showed they need better equipment.

He thinks a thermal imaging camera that detects body heat in the dark could have helped them catch the alleged shooter that night instead of days later.

"We'd have possibly been able to pick up the shooter in the hills and know his location," Chief Williamson said.

Police say they want more cameras than that. They also want cameras in the city so they can monitor everything that happens, right here on the streets.

He believes the cameras will help them fight all crime in the city.

He thinks drug dealers or robbers would stay away knowing they were being taped.

"The businesses in this community would really like to see cameras on the streets so we would feel much safer for our businesses," Gaye Moore said.

Residents we talked to didn't mind either, as long as their privacy wasn't invaded.

Joe Hammond thinks that it would be wonderful for the community, "The more secure this little community can be, the better off for the residents."

The mayor says he supports the idea to make the town safer for residents.

Inez City Council Members expect to discuss buying the new equipment at the next city council meeting on October twelfth.


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