March 16, 2017 - 3:25 pm - Posted in News

Soo Body CamsSioux County, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is set to be one of the first law enforcement agencies in the area to employ new technology in their fight against crime.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, their deputies will soon begin using body worn cameras.

Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena says that, after much research, his office purchased the body worn cameras for deputies.  Altena says they will synchronize with their patrol vehicle cameras that are already in use.  He says Sioux County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles currently have a camera that records video and audio from the front of the vehicle, and a camera that records video and audio inside the vehicle.  The Sheriff says the body worn cameras will record video and audio in those instances where the deputy is not in view of the patrol vehicle cameras.

Altena says the body worn camera units will be valuable for Sheriff’s Office transparency, evidence collection, aiding in complaints against deputies, and case prosecutions.

The Sheriff says his deputies are currently going through the training process pertaining to the use of the body worn cameras, as well as the Sheriff’s Office policy relating to the devices.  He says when that training is complete, the body worn cameras will be activated.

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