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District attorney gives cameras to police force

Crime-scene photographs offer some of the best evidence when a criminal case goes to trial.

No one knows that any better than Dennis C. Sanders. He has served as district attorney of the Toombs Judicial Circuit for many years.

The circuit consists of McDuffie, Warren, Glascock, Taliaferro, Wilkes and Lincoln counties.

"You can never, ever have enough photographs of a crime scene," Mr. Sanders said during a special ceremony at his office Dec. 22, during which he presented a new digital camera and memory cards for each Thomson Police Department officer.

"We're more than glad to take the money out of our budget to do this for the police officers because it's going to help us better in the prosecution of certain cases that come to us down the road," Mr. Sanders said during an interview with The McDuffie Mirror .

"I'm glad the officers will now have the tools to do their jobs so much better; I really am."

The 13 cameras -- all Samsung SL 605s purchased from the Walmart in Thomson, cost a total of $1,500.

"I think it was money well spent," Mr. Sanders said. "The new cameras are going to be beneficial to our police officers, as well as my office. It's a win, win situation all the way around."

Thomson Police Chief Joseph D. Nelson agreed.

"I deeply appreciate Mr. Sanders and his office making it possible for all of my officers to have cameras to take photographs at different types of crime scenes," Chief Nelson said. "It's going to be a big help in the prosecution of cases in our judicial system."

Chief Nelson, like Mr. Sanders, said there's no way to have too many crime scene photographs.

Mr. Sanders said when there is more than one officer at a crime scene taking photographs it's useful in a number of ways to him and his assistant prosecutors.

"For one thing, it can offer a different perspective of the crime scene," he said.



Web posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010













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