Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office Implements Body-Worn Cameras at Detention Center

Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office Implements Body-Worn Cameras at Detention Center

Detention deputies Kassie Byers and Chris Regelin donning their new equipment.

SWEETWATER COUNTY — Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce the successful implementation of body-worn cameras for uniformed detention deputies at the Sweetwater County Detention Center. The new program is the first of its kind statewide at a county detention facility.

Detention deputies on all shifts are now required to wear a camera and to record any time they have contact with an inmate or are in an inmate zone, with the exception of those areas regulated by existing privacy laws. These recordings are then uploaded to cloud storage at the end of each shift for posterity and subsequently made available for supervisory or administrative review.

The Sheriff’s Office first implemented a body-worn camera program for patrol operations in 2016. Since that time, citizen complaints against patrol deputies of alleged misconduct have plummeted. “Body-worn cameras have helped us more than they’ve ever hurt us. The detail and perspective these cameras provide instills a higher level of professionalism and fosters public trust. They are designed to protect everyone involved, deputies and citizens alike.

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They’re also an invaluable administrative, training and evidentiary tool,” said Undersheriff Jason Love.

When asked about the new program at the jail, Sheriff John Grossnickle said, “After a thorough review of day-to-day jail operations, and using the success of our camera program on patrol as a measuring stick, the benefits of a similar program at the detention center were obvious. The management of the detention center is essential to the overall success of our agency. Safety and security is paramount for both inmates and staff, and our deputies, citizens and detention center inmates deserve the transparency it provides.”