- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department wants to buy 32 body cameras for use by deputies.

The Meridian Star reports (http://bit.ly/13p03vo ) Sheriff Billy Sollie asked the board of supervisors this past week for $25,440 to buy the cameras. Sollie said he has money in his budget for the cameras.

The board is expected to vote on the request Monday.

“We are expanding the documentation of the interaction between deputies and the public by going from just having cameras in cars to placing body cameras on officers,” Sollie said.

The cameras will be worn on the front of the deputies’ uniform.

Maj. John Calhoun said not all of the existing car cameras will work with the body-cams but as they replace older car cameras with new, they will be fully compatible.

Calhoun said the cameras will turn on automatically when a deputy turns on the patrol car’s emergency lights. The recording will stop when the deputy returns to the car, turns off the emergency lights and turns off the camera.

Calhoun said part of the device looks like a cellphone and is kept in the shirt pocket while a small camera is clipped on to the chest part of the uniform.

“It will augment what we are already doing. Looking at communities that have already invested in this type of technology, they have seen complaints decrease on law enforcement officers as well as use of force,” Calhoun said. “If the community knows that they are being recorded, people tend to act a little differently - on both sides.”

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Information from: The Meridian Star, http://www.meridianstar.com

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