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Surfside Beach Police to purchase body cameras for all officers

A Myrtle Beach Police officer demonstrates his body camera. A Myrtle Beach Police officer demonstrates his body camera.

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Surfside Beach Police Department is following a national trend with the purchase of body cameras for each of their 23 sworn law enforcement personnel.

The town council voted on Tuesday to approve the purchase of the cameras at a cost of about $24,000, confirmed Lt. Ken Hofmann with Surfside Beach Police. Due to a national backlog, there is no delivery date on the 23 cameras.

The cameras will help with the safety and liability issues that officers face, Hofmann said, and he believes it will give the officers the confidence to deal with issues they face without fear of misinterpretations of what happened.

Hofmann added that the cameras will integrate well with the server and system already in place for their vehicles' dashboard cameras.

The Myrtle Beach Police Department currently uses about 30 body cameras, and late last year, the department announced plans to equip every single officer with one, meaning about 175 body cams at a cost of about $200,000.

“Luckily we've been able to find the funding either through budgets or grants to purchase this new equipment,” said Capt. Knipes with MBPD. “We think it's gonna be beneficial, not only to the police department but for the community as well to make us a more effective unit.”

North Myrtle Beach Police say they hope to have cameras on all officers by this summer.

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