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GSU Office of Public Safety equips officers, patrol cars with video equipment

(Source: GSU) (Source: GSU)
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Georgia Southern University’s Office of Public Safety has equipped each patrol officer and four marked patrol cars with video equipment.

The department's 34 patrol officers become the first public safety force in Bulloch County to incorporate body cameras and in-car recording systems into the daily work of its officers.

The Office of Public Safety used end-of-year funds to purchase equipment manufactured by Watchguard Video. The department also applied for a grant funding from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to purchase additional equipment.

The cameras and recording system are tamper-proof and video cannot be altered or deleted. Video evidence of incidents captured by the body cameras will be downloaded at the end of each shift and stored on a secure storage system. Videos are saved for 90 days and then deleted unless they are needed for a case, at which time a copy will be made and submitted for evidence.

In a press release statement, a department official said:

“The addition of in-car and body camera equipment is something our department has been working toward for some time,” said Laura McCullough, interim chief of police of the Georgia Southern Office of Public Safety. “We recognized a couple of years ago the advantages of having video cameras for both the benefit of community and law enforcement officers. With current events and the social climate as it is today, it is even more important that we do all we can to continue to be as open and transparent as possible.”

Installation and training was completed in August. Following a few weeks of training, the cameras are now in full-time use.

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