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Wakulla Sheriff Considers Body Cameras For Deputies

Wakulla News

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Department is considering purchasing body cameras for its deputies.

Wakulla Sheriff Charlie Creel discussed the issue Friday during a meeting with the local NAACP.

The department is talking with vendors and has been loaned a few cameras to try out, but it’s all still in a testing phase, says a Sheriff’s spokesman.

Law enforcement agencies across the county have been adopting the body cameras for officers to wear while on duty. If Wakulla does make a purchase, the sheriff’s department could join others like the Sarasota, Ft. Myers and Daytona Beach Police departments, which use the body-mounted cameras when on patrol.

Supporters of the body cameras say they make law enforcement agencies more accountable, and lower complaints of police abuse. Those opposed to the system say the cameras are invasive and list privacy concerns.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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