|Sheriff’s deputies may soon be wearing cameras|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 30 November 2013 09:05|
New surveillance of crooks - as well as the cops trying to catch them - could be on the horizon in Wood County.
Devices attached to deputies' uniforms to record audio and video could reduce legal liability and create an atmosphere of honesty among law enforcement and the community they serve, Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said while making his appropriations requests.
"If I have a deputy doing something wrong, I want to know about it so we can deal with it," Wasylyshyn said in requesting 27 of the cameras to equip patrol deputies.
"Most of our deputies respond alone, and it's our word against their word," said Chief Deputy Eric Reynolds. "This is just another thing, it keeps the honest deputies honest and it hopefully holds the bad guy a little more accountable, too."
Made by Taser, an estimate puts the devices at about $400 each.
Joe Fawcett, assistant county administrator, said he and the sheriff agreed to reduce the request to 10 cameras, which are already used in greater numbers in Toledo.
Wasylyshyn said the footage would be downloaded when units are plugged in for charging. Similar to dashboard cameras, records would be subject to a retention schedule and eventually deleted.
Commissioner Joel Kuhlman, an attorney, questioned under what circumstances the film could be requested by defense lawyers before ultimately voicing his support.
"I see a lot of civil liability limited by this."
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