Ada County Sheriff's Office adopts body cameras for deputies

BOISE -- Deputies with the Ada County Sheriff's Office have begun using on-body cameras to capture footage of their interactions with the public.

The first five deputies to be issued the Taser Axon cameras received the equipment Friday. The sheriff's office will increase the numbers of deputies with the cameras in groups of five over the next year.

Officials are aiming to eventually have a total of 70 deputies outfitted with the cameras. The sheriff's office is the first agency in Ada County to adopt the new equipment.

Sheriff Gary Raney said in a statement the body cameras could provide more context and information than the methods they are currently using.

"Why not collect as much information as we can to do our jobs better? This system allows us to do that," Raney said in a statement. "'In-car' or 'dashcam' video systems are outdated. Having cameras on our deputies will give us the most complete view of interactions between them and members of the community. We believe the public expects us to know exactly what is happening on the streets. Now we have that ability."

The deputies will wear the cameras on their uniforms, and can turn them on by pressing a button. All video recordings will be downloaded at the end of deputies' shifts.

Sheriff's officials say they don't plan to tape interactions with crime victims, informants, prosecutors, victim witness coordinators or undercover officers.

Instead, they'll use the cameras to record "law enforcement activity," including vehicle pursuits, traffic stops, investigative contacts, use of force situations, and crimes in progress.


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