One of the issues that will be discussed at an upcoming workshop for county commissioners and constables is the purchase of body cameras for the peace officers and their deputies.
The subject was mentioned briefly during last week’s regular meeting of the Commissioners Court when commissioners approved some upgrades and replacements for in-car video system equipment used by constables.
Precinct 4 Constable Chad Jordan, who addressed the court during that meeting, said the body cameras can produce live audio and video, as well as still photos. They would also serve a dual purpose as microphones for handheld radios, he said.
“It protects you from liability,” Jordan told the Hood County News.
He explained that the protection is important when constables or their deputies seize property or perform other duties that aren’t recorded by in-car video equipment.
Jordan said the body cameras that he is recommending the county purchase cost $700 each. Six cameras would be needed, for a cost of $4,200.
Late last week, a special meeting of the Commissioners Court was posted, with a discussion of constable equipment and personnel on the agenda. The meeting will be at 10 a.m. Friday, in the Justice of the Peace courtroom at the Justice Center.
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