The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office just received a shipment of body cameras. Not all of the deputies have them, but basically it's a small audio/video recorder about the size of a flash drive, and it clips on the front of their uniform. Vanderburgh County Sheriff Eric Williams says this will help with accurately collecting evidence.
"They're a great tool for us, they're not very expensive and they're fairly easy to operate," said Sheriff Eric Williams.
Only costing about $55 per unit, the cameras were purchased using money from a Department of Justice grant. The body camera won't only help with arrests, but also with internal investigations.
"We get complaints about deputy behavior with the treatment of the public and we investigate those very thoroughly. This will be another tool for us to either validate that complaint or find it as unfounded so we can exonerate the deputy because he did the right thing. It goes both ways," said Sheriff Eric Williams.
Sheriff Eric Williams says the body cameras are becoming much more popular among law enforcement.
"As these things become that much more compact, they become more cost effective, a little more durable, we can store more and more on limited amounts of space storage with data. I think you will see these things everywhere. I can't imagine why you wouldn't see these in our industry."