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Sheriff Roundtree Wants To Keep Closer Watch Of Patrol Cars With GPS

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To keep better track of its deputies, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office is making the pitch to install GPS systems on all road patrol cars at a cost of $93,000.

The Sheriff's Office has the money from the sale of confiscated firearms, which brought in more than $300,000 and officials say the systems would improve response times.

"Calls into the 911 center, it will also give dispatch a greater chance to dispatch the closest unit to a call. It will also give us a management tool so we will know were to dispatch and where to put our forces at," says Colonel Robert Partain, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

"I haven't been convinced that's an absolute need. We're again going to have to have that discussion to figure out if that is a real need or is that just a want that we can do away with right now, and perhaps look at a little later down the road because money is extremely tight," says Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree is requesting to use the money for bulletproof vests, TASERs, and rifles. Col. Partain says, if Commissioners do not approve using the gun sale money for GPS systems, the Sheriff's Office will use another source.

Commissioners are scheduled to take up the issue at its their meeting next week.

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