The Izard County Sheriff's Department recently upgraded their camera security systems by installing 14 additional cameras and monitors.
The monitors are in the central dispatch area of the facility. The new cameras are in each of the cell blocks, intake area and other key locations throughout the jail.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said these improvements will enhance officer and inmate safety, and they are much needed improvements to the jail's overall security plan.
The improvements were funded by a U.S. Homeland Security grant of $24,000. According to Lawrence, working closely with Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley and Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Dennis Williams has allowed the sheriff's department to make needed purchases through grants in previous years. Without the grants, the department would not have been able to make such purchases.