Beaufort Co. Commissioners tackle detention center security

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Beaufort County Commissioners once again were talking about the county’s detention center during a meeting Monday. This time, they were discussing whether to allot more money for security upgrades.

Charlie Rose with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office was present to request more than $67,000 that would be used to improve the rounds check system, public address system, and upgrades to cameras in the jail.

However, in the end, commissioners voted 7-0 to allow the department to use already allotted funds for other items in their budget for the security upgrades. Commissioners said if the department ran out of money because of this before the end of the year, the sheriff’s office could come back to request funds at that time.

“We’ll continue to look at our needs and look to address what we have to, and if that means that it comes out of the budget that we have, or whether we have to come back and ask for additional funds from the commissioners, then we’ll do that to get the job done,” said Rose.

Rose said the upgrades in the jail will hopefully be done by the end of January.

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