Madison Co. Sheriff requests body cameras

Published: Jul. 2, 2014 at 6:25 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM CDT
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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Madison County Commission approved a Sheriff’s Department request for 90 body cameras Wednesday.

Athens police are currently the only ones using the technology in Northern Alabama, and Madison County Chief Deputy David Jernigan said he wants his area to be at a technological forefront.

"They're for the protection of the deputies and also for the protection of the public," Jernigan said.

The cameras will cost around $131,000. One-third of the cost will be paid for by a grant from the Department of Justice. The rest will be paid for with discretionary funds from the Sheriff's Department, such as money received through finger printing and gun permits.

The department will still have to implement a policy in Madison County for the cameras' use, but they expect to have them in use by the fall.

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