Warren County Sheriffs Embrace Body Cameras

WARREN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – Police body cameras continue to be a hot topic. Kansas City Police are set to start testing them.

St. Louis Police have been testing several for months.

In Warren County, Sheriff Kevin Harrison says all his deputies have them now and correctional staff will be wearing them. The data storage continues to be a challenge. Harrison tells KMOX that was his biggest concern.

“If I had unlimited funding, in a perfect world, I would just have contracted with a company to host my video storage. I would come in, I would dock my cameras, I would dump the video to an off-sight server and then they would be responsible for the backups. I could set the retention and then the more gigabytes of storage that I’m using, they would just bill me for it.”

However, money is an issue.

Harrison installed a video server, which will be monitored in-house. Everything will be retained for a minimum of three months. But some severe incidents, will be permanently saved on the server.

He also points out the video is a safety tool for his deputies, because it eliminates frivolous allegations.

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