UPDATED: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 2:16pm
Waco, TX — Local law enforcement agencies tend to help each other out when called upon at the drop of a dime. If a situation needs more manpower, one department can call another for help.
Earlier this month, one police department went above and beyond the call of cooperation.
The sheriff’s office purchased nine new Chevrolet Tahoes at the first of the year and needed to outfit those heavy-duty vehicles with cameras.
McLennan County Sheriff’s Office Captain Steve Smith has been in law enforcement for almost 30 years and has seen dash cams in patrol cars become the norm.
“Every unit should be outfitted with a camera system,” said Cpt. Smith. “It’s just good business. It protects the officer and it protects the citizen; it doesn’t take sides. You see it for what it is and it is a critical piece of equipment that we really need to have in all our cars.”
The problem is the department abides to a strict budget and resources can be tight.
To purchase and install the nine Tahoes with surveillance systems would have cost the taxpayers of McLennan County $45,000. But, because of the relationship between the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office and Waco Police, they’re not going to bear.
“I learned that the Waco Police Department was upgrading their system,” explained Cpt. Smith. “And I was able to reach out to them. They had some cameras they could let us have so we ended up getting of their 20 cameras.”
The gesture is a sign of cooperation between county and city. The donation signifies strong symbiosis between the two local law enforcement agencies.
“The relationship between the Sheriff’s office here, and not only Waco P.D., but other jurisdictions in the county, is just outstanding.” said Cpt. Smith. “If Waco Police calla and they need assistance from us, we’re there for them and they’re there for us. We can call on them and they know we’re going to respond and likewise with us.”