Ascension sheriff’s workplace outfitting deputies with physique cams subsequent yr


The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Workplace will quickly be enhancing the their capacity to guard and serve by utilizing physique cameras.

For 20 years, Captain Darryl Smith has patrolled the streets of Ascension Parish. However, starting subsequent yr, there might be an enormous change to his each day routine.

“The brand new body-worn cameras are going to be a really efficient, resourceful software for the patrol deputies,” Smith mentioned.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Workplace will outfit 100 deputies with V300 mannequin Motorola model physique cams. Sheriff Bobby Webre says the cameras will be capable to final all through a 12-hour shift.

They’re now planning for a take a look at run with 20 deputies within the Donaldsonville space.

“That would be the trial time to verify the know-how interfaces properly with our servers,” Webre mentioned.

Webre says the video might be uploaded to a server, and might be saved for a few years.
The cameras will price about half-a-million {dollars} to roll out parish-wide.

“Now that doesn’t embody the storage and terabytes. There are terabytes of storage we have to buy so as to retailer the video,” Webre mentioned.

It is the primary time within the historical past of their Sheriff’s Workplace that deputies will put on physique cameras.
It is a present of transparency Webre says is welcomed by many in the neighborhood.

“It would hold individuals from blaming the deputies for one thing they did not do. I believe it is a two-way road,” resident Sandy Cusick mentioned.

Webre says all Ascension Parish deputies are anticipated to obtain these physique cameras by the tip of 2021.

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