The Grant County Sheriff's Office announced the Board of County Commissioners approved the purchase of 18 surveillance cameras that will be installed in the Larson community, the Beveryly/Schawana area, and the Courthouse Campus in Ephrata. The cost of this project is projected to be about $68,000.
The Sheriff's Office said as of now there is no firm time line on when the cameras will be installed, but technicians are working on the infrastructure to support the cameras.
Sheriff Tom Jones said the camera footage will be used to record the actions of persons or vehicles associated with criminal acts.
“That is our concern and the purpose for installing these cameras. The cameras will be focused on public areas, specifically streets and sidewalks,” he said.
When the cameras are installed, the Sheriff's Office said the footage will be monitored 24/7 by a service that will watch the cameras and report when an unusual occurrence happens. The Sheriff's Office will also have mobile access capability to views streaming footage if desired.