The Belmont County Sheriff is handing out body cameras to each deputy and jailer.
The deputy wears the camera on their shirt for their entire shift. They only activate it by pressing a button on their belt when something is happening.
On Friday, police demonstrated how the cameras work, with the chief deputy playing the part of a suspect.
The video is time-stamped so it shows exactly when it happened.
“The supervisor, during the month, will view recordings of their officers in regards to critiquing the officer for officer safety, make sure they’re doing things right, and accountability,” said Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas.
The sheriff said this has become pretty much standard practice across the nation. These cameras cost $300 apiece, and they outfitted 60 officers with them.
The video is held for 120 days, unless it involves an ongoing case. Then it’s archived and kept indefinitely.