- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Sheriff’s deputies in Lucas County will soon be outfitted with body cameras as a permanent part of their uniforms.

Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken says the plan is not just a financial commitment but letting the community know the county is taking proactive steps to avoid problems.

The Blade newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/131Qou4 ) that county commissioners were expected to approve a budget Tuesday that includes $25,000 for the cameras.

Sheriff John Tharp says his office would buy 15 cameras to start, each costing an estimated $500.

The sheriff’s office has already been testing cameras and Sharp says officer reaction has been positive.

The sheriff says the office doesn’t have camera use policies yet, including when they’ll be turned on and whether police will inform people that cameras are recording.

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Information from: The Blade, https://www.toledoblade.com/


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