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Greenville County Deputies Utilizing Infrared Technology Used In Boston Bombings

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The Greenville County Sheriff's Office is utilizing the same infrared technology used in the Boston Marathon bombings. The Greenville County Sheriff's Office is utilizing the same infrared technology used in the Boston Marathon bombings.

One upstate law enforcement agency is utilizing the same technology that was used to capture the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect last week.

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office is using a heat-seeking camera, also called FLIR or Forward Looking Infrared Radar, to help capture or track suspects, assist in searches and keep residents safe. The camera was on display Thursday night as the sheriff's deputies used it in a training exercise.

"It helps us see things we wouldn't normally see with the naked eye, " said Sgt. Chris Hines of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. ""We've used it and located people that were running people that were hiding."

The camera works because everything gives off heat or some sort. Body heat will give off a different temperature that surroundings, and it makes people standout.

But for law enforcement officers, knowing exactly what to look for takes a lot of training.

"We do hands on training and that process can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months," Hines said.

For county residents, it is something that will help them sleep a little easier.

"I think its worthwhile," said Duane Hurney, a Greenville County resident. "I do think it helps and I'm glad we have it." 

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