The Taney County Sheriff’s Office is now using body cameras on all deputies.
“[Cameras will be worn by] All of our patrol officers, as well as court security guys, and the jail staff,” Taney County Sheriff Brad Daniels tell Jason Wert of the Branson Tri-Lakes News. “I think everybody here is pretty excited about it.”
Daniels said he is glad to have the cameras.
“Everybody here I’ve talked to are excited about it, and a lot of law enforcement officers now are, because of all the allegations which are made against officers,” Daniels said. “Now they will have proof the allegations are false.”
Daniels said if someone fills out a statement against an officer, and the body camera footage shows the allegations were false, the person making the false allegations could face perjury charges under state statutes.
The sheriff said the body camera footage can be used for multiple purposes for the department.
“We can use it for training purposes,” Daniels said. “If we have an officer who does something right, we can use it for training purposes.”
The cameras and the monitoring system were purchased as a result of increased funding which came from the passage of the revised law enforcement sales tax in June 2020. Daniels said the county contracted with Motorola for the system and monitoring.
The full story on the new Body Cameras can be read on the Branson Tri-Lakes News Website.