New equipment for Lee County Sheriff’s Office

Reporter: Olivia Jean
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More money to help serve and protect.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office can now apply to get $2.5 million for new equipment.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office needed the commissioners to sign off on the application, and they did.

Now, it’s up to the Department of Justice to come through.

LCSO hopes to get $2.5 million to spend on technology and equipment upgrades.

On the wish list are license plate readers, fixed-wing and enterprise drones with thermal and visible camera payloads, a full robot dog kit and more.

The federal grant fund is called the Y-24 Cops Technology and Equipment Program.

If the sheriff’s office gets the grant for the new equipment, it will have to pay the annual licensing cost of $500 per camera for license plate readers for the first five years.

LCSO believes that’s a small price to pay.

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