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Assumption sheriff announces body cam initiative

4 years 6 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, January 20 2015 Jan 20, 2015 January 20, 2015 10:18 AM January 20, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

NAPOLEONVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Assumption Parish rolled out new body cameras Tuesday for all patrol deputies and detectives.

The officer-worn cameras, which are about the size of a smartphone, constantly record whatever the officer is doing and can be switched to save longer recordings whenever deputies go out on a call. All recorded footage is uploaded to a cloud server maintained by Taser, the camera manufacturer. Deputies cannot edit or delete footage, but they'll be able to review footage over a Bluetooth connection to decide which clips they want to save or use later for their cases.

Sheriff Mike Waguespack said while he believes the body cameras will be a big step forward for his department, they still have their limitations.

"We know that no technology is a perfect answer to all situations," Waguespack said. "However we believe that in the end the community and the officers who work to improve the quality of life here will benefit from their use."

The sheriff said department policy is that deputies activate their cameras for nearly all their law enforcement duties, such as vehicle stops, domestic violence calls, drug busts, or public interactions. He said the 31 cameras cost more than $16,000 using existing money in their budget.

Waguespack noted other law enforcement agencies in the U. S. have seen complaints against their departments reduced after introducing body cameras.


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