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Computer, Camera Upgrades to Improve Security at Broome County Jail

At the Broome County Jail--there's an effort underway to improve an outdated, and sometimes malfunctioning security system:

It would cost 632-thousand dollars, and upgrade security cameras, communication channels within the jail, and allow doors to be controlled from various locations throughout the facility.

The Broome County Sheriff's Department says although  an overhaul occurred  less than a decade ago-- that's a long time, in terms of  digital technology:

"Some of the equipment was upgraded in 2005 by the same means but that's still nine years old. And when you're talking about technology nine years in technological terms is a huge jump," said Major Mark Smolinski of the Broome County Sheriff's Office.

The County Legislature is expected to vote on the upgrade this Thursday.

The money would come from a Sheriff's fund, and not taxpayers' money, according to the Department.



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