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Alpena deputies to start wearing body cameras this week

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on March 13, 2018 – 12:56 amNo Comment

The Alpena County Sheriff’s Office has entered into a one-year trial agreement for body cameras.

Twelve deputies will begin wearing cameras on Thursday, to record audio and video interactions with citizens.

Deputies are currently being trained on using the new equipment and learning policies and procedures essential to the success of the new program.

As part of the no-cost agreement, the Sheriff’s Office will be using the cameras with an emphasis on evaluating the equipment, technical support, and data storage requirements.

The sheriff’s office views body cameras as “a valuable asset intended to assist deputies in the prosecution of certain offenders by augmenting a deputies’ testimony with a video/audio record of the incident.”  The cameras will also be used to conduct periodic reviews of deputy-citizen contacts for quality control purposes and to aid in the investigation of citizen complaints.

Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski says the cameras provide another layer of transparency to the public.

If the sheriff’s office were to purchase the equipment, each camera would cost $399.  The total cost of the trial package, including cameras, a docking station, mounts and storage is $10,211.

For updates on the body camera program, follow the sheriff’s office on Facebook.

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