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GTCO Sheriff's department to get new equipment

The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department will get new equipment.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department is getting some new equipment.

At their meeting Wednesday night, county commissioners approved the purchase of a drone with a thermal imaging camera.

The drone will be used for land and water rescues and to collect evidence at crime scenes.

The drone would close around $19,000.

Commissioners also approved the purchase of a TruNarc handheld narcotics analyzer.

It will help the sheriff's office detect what type of drug a substance is without having to touch it.

"There's constantly other substances that are being put into these illegal drugs that's making it more and more dangerous for law enforcement," said Captain Chris Clark of the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department.

The TruNarc handheld narcotics analyzer would be just over $30,000.

The money for this new technology will come from the sheriff's department budget.

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