Mahoning sheriff buying body cameras

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department is about to join the growing ranks of law enforcement agencies in the country where officers wear body cameras.

Sheriff Jerry Greene told commissioners Thursday morning that he will be using about $35,000 in federal grant money to buy up to 20 lapel cameras. He plans to have his road patrol deputies wearing them to record them as they interact with the public.

“It certainly increases the conduct of your own men. It raises the bar when they know that every encounter with the public is being recorded. It reduces frivolous lawsuits. It helps in prosecutions,” Greene said.

Already a couple other local departments, including Goshen Township, use lapel cameras.

“In light of Ferguson and it made everyone take a closer look at body cameras. It certainly made me do it. All law enforcement eventually is going there. I think this just made us go there a little quicker,” Greene said.

The sheriff said the new equipment should arrive sometime next month.

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