Jail to add cameras, intercoms

By Ryan Cornell

FRONT ROYAL — The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority aims to beef up security by adding cameras and intercom stations to areas currently lacking them.

The jail authority board Thursday approved using money in its contingency fund to purchase 13 surveillance cameras and four intercom systems.

According to Tony Bell, of Moseley Architects, the total cost of installing and programming the cameras would be about $61,500. It would cost about $20,702 to install and program the intercoms, he said.

Bell said two surveillance cameras would be installed in each of the five classrooms at the jail to provide full coverage. The other three cameras would be installed to view the doors at the loading dock.

Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron said he supported putting cameras anywhere people can move and enter the building.

“It’s [$61,500] a small price to pay, but it’s a necessity, you have to have it,” he said.

Bell said an intercom system would be installed in each of the two outdoor recreation yards as well as inside each of the buildings leading outside.

The cost of the cameras and intercom systems is 50 percent reimbursable from the state.

Conrad Helsley, vice chairman of the jail authority board, said they’ve used about 21 percent of the money in the $2.7 million contingency fund.

As of Thursday, the RSW Regional Jail’s head count totaled 281 males and 60 females, according to a report from Interim Superintendent Russell Gilkison.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com