Lexington County Sheriff's Department gets a new bomb squad robot

Published: Nov. 28, 2016 at 12:43 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 28, 2016 at 6:14 AM EST
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - There's no denying the work for law enforcement sometimes presents dangerous challenges.

The Dallas police shootings and New York City bombings have put a spotlight on a piece of equipment that law enforcement has access to which has been proven to save lives.

The new device, or robot, is coming to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department just in time for the holiday season.

It is an incredible piece of technology and it's all powered by computers. The quarter-million-dollar robot is utilized in potentially explosive situations. It can drag injured officers, fire weapons, and even pick up objects of all sizes. It also helps officers perform their jobs better by keeping them away from dangerous situations.

"I mean anything a human being can do, to a degree, this robot can do for us," Captain Hampton Taylor with LCSD explained. "Parts and pieces of a robot can be replaced but somebody's husband, father, brother, sister, mother - you can't replace that. So anytime we can send that down range to do an application instead of sending us. We are going to try and seek that opportunity."

The Lexington bomb squad is made up of a team of three. All of whom are trained every week to use the robot.

The new robot is it's free to the department and taxpayers.

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