GREENVILLE Co., SC (WSPA) – Sheriff’s deputies will soon be equipped with 300 body cameras.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office will roll out the cameras over the next few days.
Body cameras can be synced up with the new digital dash cams that are now standard in sheriff’s deputies cars.
Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis is finalizing the department’s policy on when cameras will be turned on to record video and how long the videos will be stored.
He says the videos will be reviewed to train new deputies and in cases where force is used or a complaint has been made, adding that body cameras protect both the community and law enforcement officers.
“It’s another tool we can use. Without a video, there’s no absence of a crime and without a video, there’s no absence of an incident,” Sheriff Lewis says.
He explains that video captured on the cameras is another investigative tool that officers can use to help them in investigations.
Body camera videos will not be considered public record. Videos will be released on a case-by-case basis as determined by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.