Neb. county COs to test body cameras

Cameras will record images and sounds from interactions between officers and inmates


Associated Press

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Hall County authorities are testing the use of body cameras  on corrections officers in the local jail.

Corrections Director Fred Ruiz told county supervisors Tuesday one camera  arrived last week and another is expected soon.

Ruiz says the cameras will record images and sounds from interactions between officers and inmates. Many areas in the jail have cameras but few record audio. He says the officers have been using the camera on their belts.

The county sheriff and the Grand Island police chief said after the meeting that both departments have considered purchasing cameras but haven't because of the cost .

Ruiz estimates it would cost about $100,000 to equip every corrections officer  with a camera. It's unclear when officials will consider a larger order.

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