Humvee Is New Weapon For Massena Police Department


The newest member of the Massena Police Department is a modified armored military Humvee with a state of the art surveillance system.

It will be put into service within the next few days to target areas known for drug activity and other crimes.

"One of the best ways that we can utilize it is to use it to capture video in high crime areas, park it in front of drug houses, collect data that we can use to further our investigations. That should ultimately help make more arrests," said Police Chief Timmy Currier.
The surveillance Humvee is on loan from Fort Drum through the Department of Defense. It has four high-tech cameras mounted on top, each with a 360 degree rotation that can be operated from inside or by remote control.
The vehicle has been retrofitted with mobile video surveillance equipment that can be used to stream live video back to the police station that can also be recorded.
Police say they hope the use of the armored surveillance vehicle will either help catch people illegally dealing drugs or involved in other criminal behavior or will act as a deterrent to curb criminal activity in an area where it is located, when they know authorities are watching.
"We want to just drive this stuff out of our community," said Currier.
Police are anxious to put the mobile surveillance unit out on the streets to assist with crime fighting efforts.

Friday, December 2, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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