Erath County commissioners approved a social media archiving program Monday at a cost of $2,200 a year.
The Erath County Sheriff’s Office brought the program to commissioners on Aug. 15 saying it would be beneficial in keeping published material and capturing comments.
“This captures (comments) before someone can delete the comment and would allow us to get an alert when there’s a potential threat or let us know if someone is in distress based on language that is posted,” Chief Deputy Heath Crossland said at the Aug. 15 meeting. “It will document all responses that could potentially be used in some type of investigation or for public record use.”
At Monday’s meeting Crossland said the program would cover 10 different accounts that could be used by other government offices.
“If we post on Facebook we aren’t archiving that automatically,” Crossland said. “We have to go back and screenshot it and we post a lot.”
No action was taken on two other agenda items for the sheriff’s department, which included a camera and lock system for the office and jail and a rapid deploy mobile dispatching agreement for one year.
“The camera system is outdated,” said Sheriff Matt Coates. “I don’t remember how many bids we’ve received, but we’ve had quite a bit.”
The exact cost for the agenda items was not available, so the sheriff’s office was asked to bring those involved in the camera and lock system and the dispatch agreement to another meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday.