The Wichita County Jail is getting some major upgrades to its video and audio surveillance system, after a unanimous decision today by the Wichita County Commissioners Court.
The members of the Court awarded the contract to for new surveillance equipment to Commercial and Industrial Electronics, Inc.
Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom says the $117,088 project is vital to bring the jail's surveillance system up to date.
"The big thing is this brings this equipment more into the state of the art, and will address some of the changes with technology that we need to address with this system," Gossom said.
The upgrade could not have come at a more appropriate time. A week after the proposal to update the surveillance cameras at the Downtown Wichita County Jail was introduced, all the cameras on the fourth floor of the facility went out.
Judge Gossom says the upgrade will greatly improve safety in the jail.
And Commercial and Industrial Electronics promises any repairs that need to be done will be looked at in under four hours. If the situation is deemed an emergency, it will only take them two hours to fix it.
The project will be paid for out of the County's Permanent Improvement Fund.