Report: 4 Agencies Bought From Firm Tied To Rand

At least four North Carolina agencies bought expensive, high-tech surveillance gear from a private security firm linked to Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the Fayetteville Democrat has served as board chairman for Raleigh-based Law Enforcement Associates Inc. since 2003.

The state bought at least $192,683 in equipment from LEA during the past five years, including a $2,695 jacket with a hidden camera for undercover stings. The State Bureau of Investigation bought up to $108,321 in video gear and other gadgets since 2006.

Rand said he wasn't aware that state agencies were a client, but added that he wasn't surprised because his company sells to law enforcement agencies across the country.

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  • by beachbum3 on Dec 7, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    As long as this state has such politicians as perdue, dole,hagen,basnight hunt,mccroy,rand, & burr an ect that these people have not one once of political intergerigty or etich's eith for that matter the corruption in north carolina will continue in my personal oopinion during george washington day these words actual meant something but not in todays politicial atsomphere i dont think they even know the real meaning of the words ethic's & intergerity or the truth for that matter the truth is alway the first causaulity of the political world what a shame thank you
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Dec 7, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    It seems like every time someone turns over another rock, another sleaze ball comes crawling out. That's what happens when you become a one party government - regardless of which one it is.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2009 at 11:04 PM
    To Who cares?: No, the product shouldn't stop being sold...but he should get off the board.
  • by Who cares? Location: Eastern NC on Dec 6, 2009 at 06:57 PM
    Here's the thing...all Law Enforcement agencies that buy equipment for undercover work in NC buy stuff from LEA. Who cares? I don't care if the senator was the salesman. If he represents a good product, should it stop being sold because he is a state senator?
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Dec 6, 2009 at 05:35 PM
    Several weeks ago, I read an article about Charlotte Judge William Belk getting removed from his position because he served on two corporate boards. While he is a judge, not a senator like Tony Rand, why do the same rules not apply? Senator Rand certainly has just as much opportunity to be "influenced" as Belk did. I thought they had cleaned up NC state politics...I was wrong. Here is the article:

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