Jacksonville - The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is planning to purchase 200 Body Worn Cameras (BWC) for officers to wear by the start of the 2019 Fiscal Year.
In a release from the department, they state they are in the “procurement phase” to obtain the cameras.
JSO began testing BWC in three phases with a small group of officers testing and ranking the function. From July to September, 30 officers wore the cameras The second test phase was held January – March 2018 and the last test period was held March - May 2018.
The Sheriff’s office says they were awarded a $997,956 body worn camera grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance for the 2018 Fiscal Year. The department says they will need to budget in technology costs for the 2020 fiscal year at the end of the grant.
In addition, JSO says they are working with the Fraternal Order of Police labor union to create a policy on wearing the cameras. The department says once officers are issued cameras, they will be required to receive training that covers functionality, procedures and policy related to using the equipment in their day-to-day law enforcement activities.