Cherokee Sheriff Frank Reynolds on Wednesday announced a new program designed to help apprehend criminal suspects faster by using surveillance cameras.

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office is launching a program called “C.S.O. Camera Connect,” to create a partnership between the sheriff’s office and citizens who have video surveillance cameras.

“We are looking to partner with homeowners and businesses who use security cameras to fight crime in Cherokee County,” Reynolds said.

Anyone who would like to participate is asked to register their information with the sheriff’s office. Then, if any crimes are committed in the future near the cameras, investigators would be able to contact the camera owner to see if suspects’ images or vehicles were captured on camera.

“To be clear, the sheriff’s office is not asking for access to view random videos from the community live. This program is only to be used to collect evidence of crimes that have been committed in the area of where known cameras exist,” said sheriff’s office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker.

Anyone who is interested and has a security camera that records is asked to register at www.cherokeega-sheriff.org/?page_id=6189.

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