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Sheriff deputies now wear body cameras

    SCHUYLER COUNTY (Oct. 2, 2012)—For nearly two months deputies of the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department have been wearing body cameras while on duty.
    Undersheriff Breck Spaulding said there are 10 in use now, with another to be added. He explained the officers started using the three inch by two inch devices just before the NASCAR race at the start of August. The Watkins Glen Police Department has also been given one to use. Spaulding said the cameras are used by deputies out in the field and on the road.
    The VieVu PVR-LE2 cameras are attached to the front of the deputy’s uniform and can record video and audio from their point of view. The devices hold four gigabytes worth of data with a battery that lasts four hours. Spaulding said the cameras can be turned on at any time by the deputy to record an encounter. The sheriff’s office can then use the footage for investigations as well as look into civilian complaints.
    Spaulding added the videos cannot be tampered with by the deputy. He said a camera can be turned off during an incident, but said that would be suspicious. Spaulding explained the video can’t be deleted, only downloaded onto a computer to be viewed. He added a file is also created, keeping track of the number of times it is viewed.
    Spaulding said at this point the data is being saved for 120 days, but that might be shortened as the department becomes more familiar with the program. Data may be kept longer if there is any active criminal investigation and civil litigation.
    The sheriff’s department first used the camera during a 30 day trial period in June and July. Spaulding said he found the cameras at an undersheriff’s conference and was “very impressed.”



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