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The department purchased cameras in August for 90 units. The U.S. Department of Justice provided a grant to off-set some of the cost of the cameras.
Madison County Deputies have been trained to use cameras and several were placed in service in September and October for tests and evaluations.
The department officially started using the cameras last week. A body camera is about half the size of an iPhone and sits in a cradle attached to the chest of a deputy’s uniform.
The cameras can record audio and video and will follow a deputy into an investigation. The recordings can then be reviewed in the deputy’s in-car mobile data terminal and can then be stored on a cloud for later review if necessary.
Deputies cannot delete recordings.
The cameras were put in place in hopes of encouraging accountability and oversight for the agency and the public.
Athens Police Department and Limestone County Sheriff’s Office are both currently using body cameras as well.