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DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office equipping deputies with body cameras

Avondale Estates Decatur Kirkwood and East Lake Metro ATL

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office equipping deputies with body cameras

Jeff Mann, DeKalb County Sheriff
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Jeff Mann, DeKalb County Sheriff

Jeff Mann, DeKalb County Sheriff

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has become the latest local law enforcement agency to use body cameras.

According to a press release, the office spent $298,000 using confiscated funds to buy 60 “point-of-view” cameras for its deputies from Taser International, which has a five-year contract with the county.

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“Body cameras are increasingly necessary tools of the trade,” Sheriff Jeffrey Mann said in a press release. “They collect evidence for the prosecution of those who violate the law, provide protection to deputies and citizens, and provide a higher level of transparency and accountability to the public.”

The DeKalb  County Sheriff’s Office joins the city of Decatur, which last year hired a local company, Utility Associates, to provide cameras for its police officers. Avondale Estates has also been exploring the possibility of equipping its officers with body cameras.

A lawsuit filed by Utility Associates has stalled the roll out of the Atlanta Police Department’s body camera program.

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