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Grayson jail check program gets United Way support

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Part of the technology used for the electronic cell check program. (KTEN) Part of the technology used for the electronic cell check program. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- The Grayson County Sheriff's Office and the United Way are partnering to make the county jail safer.

It's all part of technology program called the SafeKeeper, which will fund an electronic cell-check program to benefit both inmates and the deputies who supervise them.

The portable device will let officers record real-time information, keeping things as accurate as possible.

"Sometimes information will get lost in translation," explained sheriff's office spokeswoman Capt. Sarah Bigham. "The officer has to remember a lot of that information and they they have to write it down or type it in, and so these devices will allow them to enter that information right there on the spot -- no matter where they are in the facility."

She added that SafeKeeper will increase communication as well as manage the medical records and information of inmates.

Why is the sheriff's officer partnering with the United Way for this project?

"They have access to different funding sources than county government would have access to, and then they can help facilitate grants or facilitate funding that would go towards this project," Bigham said. "Their mission aligns with our mission with health and safety and promoting mental health awareness." 

 The United Way plans to raise funds for the Safe Keeper program on North Texas Giving Day, September 19.

Once the funding has been secured, the county hopes to have everything in place by March of next year.

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