Monday, Dec 9, 2013
Pulaski County Receives Money to Fight Methamphetamine
PULASKI CO -- The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is getting new tools to help battle methamphetamine. The department just bought $256,000 worth of meth fighting equipment. A federal grant is paying for the gear.
"We've got a lot of tools from this grant," says Sheriff Randy Kern.
Night vision goggles, GPS units, laptops, cameras and more are the newest additions to the Sheriff's office.
"Everything we can think of to help us with this problem we have with meth, that's what we got," Kern explains.
Keeping deputies safe is a top priority. Gas meters, respirators, and body suits will protect officers on the job.
The new gear will also help collect evidence and convict suspects. Chief Deputy Burl Pickett says that has been an issue in the past.
"We have discovered meth labs that no one was prosecuted for the simple fact that we didn't have the ability to collect the evidence," says Pickett.
Detection, protection, and prosecution, when it comes to meth cases in the county, the Sheriff's office is now covered.
"Its value couldn't be calculated," Pickett explains.
Pulaski county has ten deputies. Every one of them will get their own set of the new meth-fighting gear. The equipment will be handed out this week.
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