Infrared technology comes to Phenix City patrol cars

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -  Phenix City police officers have been awarded funds to purchase four new infrared cameras for patrol cars. Officers will use the technology to find missing vehicles and spot suspects on the run.

Phenix City Police Chief Ray Smith told News Leader Nine, "We can use those to see the heat signature to see if a vehicle that was stolen has recently been moved or if someone if in the bushes hiding. It's a high technology piece of equipment we will use to track down people and to track down things."

Currently Phenix City Police have to borrow the high tech equipment from other departments, but now they have their own. Two cameras will be used by the Russell County Sheriff's Department and two will go in Phenix City Police cars.

The cameras should be in the cars by the end of August.

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