BCSO deputies getting body cameras
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies might soon be wearing body cameras. The county commission approved the purchase of the cameras last night at their agenda meeting. The cameras cost about 50-thousand dollars.
County commissioners say this is a purchase the Sheriff’s Department has been looking at for some time. In fact, they took a new Sheriff’s cruiser, in-car cameras, and other supplies out of the budget to get the body cameras.
The sheriff’s office could not respond to requests for comment today because everyone was out for the holidays but one County Commissioner said this purchase was not done on a whim.
“I mean this was something the sheriff’s office has been looking at for quite some time,” said Marty Cooke, a Brunswick County Commissioner, “It was in the budget and so we approved it. It wasn’t something extraordinary or unexpected it was something we’d been working on for a good while.”
We had questions about how the body camera video would be stored and used. The sheriff’s office said it would be Monday before we could get answers to those questions.
It’s also interesting to note here that typically commissioners would wait until a regular meeting to approve a purchase like this instead of doing it at an agenda briefing.
The PIO for the county said it was done this way to take advantage of an after Thanksgiving sale on those cameras.