KCSO plans to get body cameras; other depts show success

(WBIR) On Thursday, Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones told 10News his department's plans to purchase and use body cameras for some of unit's deputies.

It would be the first known sheriff's department in East Tennessee to use this kind of technology, but it's not the first law enforcement agency. Last year, Pigeon Forge Police announced their purchase of body cameras for their motorcycle officers.

"Out in the field, it's another set of eyes," said officer Donnie Mashburn. "A big benefit, of course, is the safety. If something happens -- no question with this on, there's protection."

Pigeon Forge has since expanded the cameras to cruisers as well.

"There's no question about what happened on the scene. Where there's an accident or make an arrest. It's great to have to have the video to show in court," Captain Dennis Adams added.

The cameras cost about $900 a piece. Sheriff Jones has not announced yet what models or a timetable for the new technology. He did say they will be introduced in the coming months.

"Many of our motor officers, we all wear these. And there's no question what's going on out there for the citizens," Officer Mashburn added.

Etowah Police in McMinn County also have the body cameras for their department.


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