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PCSO Sheriff Paul Babeu with Director Brian Salata next to the new vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) PCSO Sheriff Paul Babeu with Director Brian Salata next to the new vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Newly equipped PCSO vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Newly equipped PCSO vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
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PINAL COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is introducing the latest tool in its arsenal against auto thefts, drug and human smuggling – a new vehicle with state of the art equipment.

According to a PCSO release funding for the new vehicle was provided by the Arizona Auto Theft Authority, to the tune of more than $40,000. 

The K-9 unit vehicle will be equipped with the latest in crime fighting equipment – an automatic license plate radar (ALPR) capable of reading 3,600 license plates in a minute with a 94 percent accuracy rate, despite adverse weather or lighting conditions; a 360 degree Police Vehicle Video Camera/Recorder, which will record all four angles of the stolen vehicle, as well as record audio of the evidence.  And lastly a mobile spike system, which will allow deputies to deploy spikes without leaving their vehicle, just by pushing a button.

"Director Brian Salata from the Arizona Auto Theft Authority has been a strong partner of law enforcement across the state with our efforts to reduce stolen vehicles," stated PCSO Sheriff Paul Babeu. "This new equipment will help us find stolen vehicle faster, it will provide us with video evidence to ensure seamless prosecution and it will reduce the length of time deputies are involved in vehicle pursuit therefore making it safer for deputies and the citizens of Pinal County."

While Director Brian Salata stated, " The Pinal County Sheriff's Office, under Sheriff Babeu's leadership has made great advances in combating vehicle theft and the interrelated smuggling crimes that have plagued our state. Their agency is at the technological forefront of criminal interdiction, protecting both the citizens of Pinal County and the deputies who are placed in harm's way. The efforts of the Pinal County Sheriff impact not only the vehicles stolen in Pinal County, but also disrupt the criminal organizations that move stolen vehicles and contraband through the smuggling corridors, thus having a statewide impact."

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