Lafayette sheriff's patrol deputies now wearing body cameras
LAFAYETTE - Patrol deputies with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office are now wearing body cameras.
Capt. John Babin said all deputies will be required to wear the cameras while on duty and will manually activate the devices when engaging in most situations.
Babin says it protects the public, and it also ensures the deputies are protected.
The agency purchased the 50 Taser Axon Flex body-worn cameras in June for $66,000, which includes a year of cloud storage.
Traffic stops with a citation will be stored for one year, officer injury incidents and misdemeanor arrests for two years, use-of-force incidents for three years and felony arrests for six years.