NEWBERRY COUNTY — The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $118,00 by the state for the purchase of body cameras for officers.
“We were one of the first agencies in the nation to test body cameras through our relationship with the National Institute of Justice,” said Sheriff Lee Foster. “We tested cameras and provided feedback, comments, and recommendations based upon our testing. This information was used to begin to set standards and recommendations for body cameras and their use by the National Institute of Justice.”
Foster was heavily involved with the shaping the legislation as South Carolina became the first state in the nation to require body camera usage.
The cameras will complement the in-car cameras already in use by some deputies at the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office.
Foster said the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office had already drafted the minimum specifications and requirements for the camera and mandatory technology infrastructure needed. The next steps will be to meet with prospective vendors, accept bids, award the bids and then implement the cameras.