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Florence police roll out new body cams

The Florence police force has new body cameras. (Source: WMBF News) The Florence police force has new body cameras. (Source: WMBF News)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Almost every officer in Florence now has a body camera, providing more safety for residents and police.

“We are seeing a tremendous benefit with them already," said Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler. "Documenting regular interactions with the public, our command staff can take a look at the footage and see how they are interacting the public.” 

The department paid just about $70,000 for the cameras.

To offset the purchase cost, the department applied for a $23,000 grant, which it was awarded.

Also, the state has a grant that will, in time, reimburse departments for picking up the cameras.

Right now, all patrolmen are wearing them. In total, the department has 48 new body cameras.

New polices are also in place to help with the upkeep of evidence caught by the surveillance system

Heidler added there is a very limited number of people who actually handle the video downloaded from each officer’s cameras.

“Non-essential things are kept for six months, which is way above the recommendation above where the state is," he said. "We felt like there may be a need to keep non-essential video in case something came up.” 

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