LCSO purchases body cameras and tasers with seized drug funds

| February 11, 2016

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VALDOSTA – Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office uniform deputies on patrol will now have two more companions: a body camera and a “Taser.”

LCSO Sheriff Chris Prine announced the purchase of 90 body cameras and 140 “Tasers” during a press conference Wednesday.

“This equipment was purchased with seized drug money and therefore didn’t cost the local tax payers any money,” Prine said. “This is a purchase of about $155,000 worth of equipment so that we can guarantee our deputies have a serviceable, less lethal option. And providing the body cameras provide more accountability to the public and the public with us.”

Prine said the cameras will be used to investigate complaints against deputies and as evidence in criminal proceedings. The cameras are also equipped with features that prevent deputies from deleting video.

Every deputy on uniform patrol will have a camera,” said LCSO Capt. Stryde Jones. “Our goal is that every one in uniform will have a camera.”

 

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