GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD)– Early next year the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office will implement the first phase of their patrolling officers wearing body cameras.
Sheriff Bobby Weber says this is a huge step toward transparency. APSO will be one of the first law enforcement agencies in Louisiana that will require the technology.
“Our deputies are asking for this type of equipment,” Webre said. “We know the kind of job we do, we do a professional job and we are not afraid of being held accountable.”
With the unrest of 2020 Captain Darryl Smith says there is no better time than now to implement the usage of body cameras.
“The timing for it is right, it’s accepted by the deputies, even so much to where prior to use making the announcement that Sheriff Weber would purchase the cameras the deputies wanted to purchase their own,” Smith said.
The first officers using the cameras will patrol the Donaldsonville area. By the end of 2021 Webre says more than 100 patrolling deputies will have one.
Webre says they are still working out the protocol for when officers will be required to turn the cameras on.
The measure will cost $500,000.
Video will be stored in a database for several years, the exact amount of time is still to be determined.
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