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Bingham County Sheriff’s deputies get body cameras

The Bingham County Sheriff’s office is equipping deputies with 28 new body camera’s.

Sheriff Craig Rowland said, “What the officer does is he hits the record button when he gets out of his patrol car. It records everything when he gets back in his car or when he’s done with his traffic stop or done with the incident. He turns it off he brings it in he set’s it in a docking station and it downloads the video.”

Each camera costs $800, and it was funded through Homeland Security.

The camera’s are lightweight, have wide angle lens and built in audio pickup.

Rowland also said most of the tort claims come from the jail and the camera’s should help make the situation more clear.

“The inmate refuses to leave the cell, they refuse to back into their cell any incident like that if they complain that they are hurt or whatever. Body cam when the officer walks into that cell he’s going to turn that body cam on,” said Rowland.

The camera’s are also turned on by officers during interviews and traffic stops.

The memory cards can record up to 10 hours.

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