WJBF News Channel 6 has learned that, starting Friday morning, at 6:00 a.m., every North Augusta Department of Public Safety uniformed officer will be wearing body cameras.
The cameras will be a part of every officer’s standard issued equipment, according to Lieutenant Tim Thornton.
Chief John Thomas said, “Just as technology is evolving every day, so are the opportunities for using body-worn cameras to support delivery of higher quality police services, improved crime fighting performance and officer safety. Securing public trust, increasing transparency, and better protecting citizens and the officers who serve them, are just some of the achievable rewards.”
Lt. Thornton also tell us, “many hours of research, testing and evaluating have been done to determine which body-worn cameras would best meet the needs of Public Safety. Working with several law enforcement agencies, not only in the state but around the country has led us to create the foundation pertaining to policy and procedure guidelines uniformed officers will follow. We have done our due diligence to prepare for this day and look forward to what body worn camera systems can do.”