As I was driving around today, I noticed the following new Larimer County Sheriff Office item (looking brand new) sitting east from the Diesel Services of Northern Colorado parking lot in the median of Highway 14 (it was later moved to the concrete part of the median at Mulberry and Timberline)
Pretty interesting machine, isn't it? I call it the Larimer County Sheriff Office Mobile Surveillance Machine, or LCSOMSM in bureau-speak. It's when one looks at the mast closely though, that's when things get very interesting, because what precisely is the purpose of this piece of equipment?
Are we looking at cars, pedestrians, both, or did Sheriff Smith just by it for the homeless people who are panhandling in the general area, OR …? Here is a closeup of the mast. I've never seen anything quite like it.
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The proud owners of this wondrous piece of high technology paid for by the Larimer County taxpayer is yours truly, the
After these pictures were taken today, the LCSOMSM was moved to the concrete part of the West median of Mulberry and Timberline.
Did the taxpayer really have to buy this very expensive item to actively monitor the homeless / pedestrians / traffic? Don't be picking your nose and eating the goober at Timberline and Mulberry, because the Larimer County Sheriff's Office wants to know, LOL. Did a camera ever stop a crime from occurring? If it's not to monitor the homeless, pedestrians, or traffic, then why was it purchased? Is this level of constant surveillance necessary and cost effective?
When Sheriff Smith and Larimer County come begging in hand for a tax rate increase, just realize that it seems we are purchasing fancy doodads rather than boots of the ground…