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Shield of night stolen from criminals in Iberia Parish

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Capt. Ryan Turner and Lt. Jeremy Kelley of the Iberia Parish Sheriff's office say their new infrared cameras have been essential in thwarting crime since they were installed in June.

"I know we used it on many searches for subjects that we had perimeters set up and that fled on foot or after a vehicle pursued or after they stole something from somewhere," says Kelley.

Lt. Kelley says the element of surprise is also half the value of the cameras.

"Sometimes we don't want people to know that we are looking for them. There's many different instances we can use that approach; it might be a suicidal subject or it may be a suspicious person that is burglarizing. Naturally, once that person sees light they are aware someone is there," says Kelley.

Capt. Turner says the infrared cameras they used in the past were stationary on the roof of vehicles and covered a lot less ground than the ones they have now.

"They're actual able to rotate and look from side to side," says Turner.

He says the old cameras were also confusing to look at and represented people and animals with just a cluster of light.

"You weren't able to get the type of resolution that we are able to on this type of system," says Turner.

Another measure he says that has brought crime fighting in the parish into the 21st century.

"This definitely makes it a lot more proactive and enables the deputy to stop crime as its happening or even prevent it before it's going to happen," says Turner.

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