September 30, 2014

Alcohol containment task force chips in to help police

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ARENAC COUNTY — A cop’s waist is known for storing several items – radios, firearms, teargas, tasers – but with help from the Arenac County Alcohol Containment Taskforce (AACT), police officers are now carrying one more item, Scorpion cameras.

“They’re real small,” said Sheriff James Mosciski, adding the cameras are roughly half the size of an ink pen. “We use it for sobriety testing on OUIL (Operating Under the Influence of Liquor) stops.”

Lori Jacques, of the AACT, said the purchase of the miniature cameras was made possible through a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG).

“They (cameras) cost us $125 a piece and we bought nine of them,” she said. “The officers are actually using them now.”

Jacques said six of the Scorpion cams were given to the sheriff’s office, while the AuGres City Police Department, Standish City Police Department and the Saginaw-Chippewa Tribal Police were given one each.

Jacques said she heard about a group similar to the AACT in southern Michigan helping fight drunk driving by doing a similar project and ran with the idea.

“Macomb County purchased them and we got the idea from them,” Jacques said. “They (Macomb) have a coalition. Their purpose is almost the exact same as our purpose.”

The cameras were purchased in mid-September and distributed soon after.

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