Navarro County Sheriff's Office welcomes new robot to force

Posted at 2:12 PM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 15:12:27-05

The Navarro County Sheriff's Office has a new crime-fighting tool in its arsenal.

The department has a new tactical surveillance robot.

It has an adjustable arm with a robot hand, lights and cameras. It even has night vision.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner says, he'll use the robot in high-risk situations where it's dangerous for humans to go, like collapsed buildings and hazardous materials situations.

"We would utilize it in place of boots on the traditional ground and the mission for it would be to save human lives, not put our officers in harm's way or expose them to the danger... we'll expose the robot instead," said Tanner.

Several community groups donated the money to pay for the robot, including the community foundation and the 100 Club, so the robot didn't cost taxpayers a dime.

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