Jackson County sheriff’s deputies will be patrolling the roads and highways with squad cars outfitted with video equipment that starts recording events as soon as the flashing red lights come on.

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies will be patrolling the roads and highways with squad cars outfitted with video equipment that starts recording events as soon as the flashing red lights come on.

The County Legislature on Monday awarded a $162,342 contract to Digital Ally of Overland Park, Kan., for the equipment. The county has about 100 patrol cars in use, and some have digital video equipment.

“This will provide digital camera equipment for all of our patrol vehicles,” said Sheriff Mike Sharp.

Sharp said it’s become an expectation that big-city police departments have this kind of equipment.

“It not only protects the deputies. It protects the citizens as well,” he said.

The equipment records everything that happens during a traffic stop or similar incident.

“It cannot be tampered with in any way,” Sharp said.

The money comes from federal stimulus funds, prompting Legislator Bob Spence, R-Lee’s Summit, to remark, “What a shame.”

The vote was 9-0.