- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Deputies with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office will soon be wearing and using body cameras.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1Xgo3Ld) the commissioners have authorized the sheriff’s office to purchase 228 body-worn cameras. Chief Deputy Brad Stanley said the sheriff’s office could have the cameras deployed by the end of the first quarter of 2016, if they are delivered in January.

Stanley said most deputies who engage with the community on a first-hand basis - patrol deputies, school resource officers and community policing officers, for example - will wear body cameras.

Right now, only one sheriff’s office employee, the member of the state’s DWI task force, has a body camera. Sheriff’s deputies have cameras in their cars, but the view range is limited.

Commissioners voted on Monday.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, https://www.journalnow.com

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