The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol Division started using body cameras back in September.
The Sheriff says personnel complaints have decreased and the cameras are helping to raise the professionalism of the deputies on patrol.
“I think when we first decided we were going to go with body cameras, some of the officers were probably hesitant about utilizing them utilizing them correctly; how much training was going to be involved and what they were going to be required to photograph,” Chemung County Sheriff, Christopher Moss said.
Officers wear the cameras anytime they interact with the general public. When they get back to the station after their shift, they put them on a charging dock where the video is available for the Undersheriff to review weekly.
“Periodically, we get into them to check that our traffic stops are being conducted appropriately. We sometimes get complaints from citizens that we are able to look at the body camera [footage] and refute what is being reported,” Sheriff Moss said.
The cost is about $550 dollars per camera. The server and other accessories cost anywhere between an additional $8,000 and $18,000 dollars. Sheriff Moss says these cameras are worth every cent. They’re working so well, they’re looking to purchase more.
“Yeah, right now we are considering using them in the county jail on our housing units. We are actually getting some new quotes and some new prices and I think that’s going to be the next step for our agency with them,” Sheriff Moss said.
The new cameras will be purchased with grant money.
“I believe we used [half] asset forfeiture money to pick these up and then the County did take funds from the general fund. For the jail, it will be a grant,” Sheriff Moss said.