New equipment coming to Gila County jails, Sheriff’s Office

Some upgrades are in store for Gila County detention facilities and the Sheriff’s Office, after the County Board of Supervisors approved two project quotes in a December 28 special meeting.

One of those projects will bring brand new video surveillance systems to the Globe and Payson jails, replacing setups the Sheriff’s Office said were outdated and ineffective. Current surveillance systems in Globe and Payson were first installed around 2005 and 2010, respectively. The Globe detention facility , according to the Sheriff’s Office, now has 30 working cameras and the Payson detention facility 17.

“The foundation of the system is no longer serviceable and parts are very expensive, if they are available,” the Sheriff’s Office reported. “We are unable to continue making small upgrades . . . the current system must be completely removed and replaced before it ceases to  operate entirely.”

To remedy this, the Board voted 2-0 (District 1 Supervisor Steve Christensen was unable to attend the meeting) to approve a project quote from APIC Solutions, an Albuquerque-based electrical contractor. APIC will remove the current video surveillance systems in both jails, installing 91 new cameras in Globe and 26 in Payson. Their quotes for those upgrades were $423,402 (Globe) and $135,257 (Payson). Project funding will be split equally between County General Funds and Sheriff’s Jail Enhancement Funds; County Manager James Menlove added that this was within the county’s budget.

In the second Board-approved project, the Sheriff’s Office will receive upgraded taser equipment and technology – again replacing a system they reported as outdated. At a cost of $175,204, Axon Enterprises will replace the current X26P system with TASER 7, the most advanced unit available. The TASER 7 certification plan will be in effect for five years, through January 2027; it will provide TASER 7 devices and training in their use, rechargeable batteries and holsters, and taser cartridges. The program will be funded at $24,259 in its first year and $37,736 in each of the following four years. The Sheriff’s Office reported that they have secured special revenue funding for the cost of the first year.


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