Sheriff Pat Melton says he applied for a grant on Friday with Homeland Security to pay for the cameras and necessary storage equipment but says they’ve been researching for months to figure out the best camera for them.
He says the cameras selected cost $301 each, compared to others on the market that run $800 and up. He says the quality will not suffer despite the price difference.
The cameras come with a remote control and will be a great tool to help protect both officers and the community, according to Melton.
Melton admits, as with any new technology, the cameras may come with a learning curve and he says nothing will replace the honesty and integrity of officers.
The grant will pay for each of the 20 working deputies to have a camera.
The sheriff’s department is now trying to figure out the best way to store and log video footage.
Melton says the cameras will take very little training and can be put into use as soon as the grant is approved and the cameras arrive.