Sheriff's deputies patrolling the roads of Jessamine County soon will have another weapon at their disposal to help keep both themselves and residents safer, thanks to the efforts of Congressman Ben Chandler.
Chandler presented Sheriff Kevin Corman with a check for $75,000 Monday to be use to purchase video and audio equipment for every patrol cruiser in the department's fleet.
The money was earmarked in this year's federal budget specifically to purchase emergency equipment for Jessamine County.
"This money is not stimulus money. This is money that I got put in this year's budget myself. This is an earmark, one of those bad things that they talk about," Chandler said. "The sheriff's office is a first responder. He and his staff do an enormous job keeping the people safe here in Jessamine county and they need communications equipment and safety equipment and things like that. So this is a way to help them out and make sure they can continue to keep the people of Jessamine county safe."