SAN ANTONIO -- The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday it was awarded a grant that will help fund their first-ever fully integrated body-worn camera project.
- Gone through many steps over several years
- Over 550 body cameras will be purchased
- Specialist will also be hired
The program was spearheaded by Sheriff Javier Salazar and the project has gone through several steps to get to this point.
The total amount awarded -- $765,416.00 -- will cover the cost of 397 turn-key Axon body camera systems. Items include: body cameras, docking stations, software licensing, patrol vehicle capabilities, cloud storage, and training for deputies.
“It’s critical our police officers have the necessary resources to protect lives and improve police-community relations in our community,” said Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28). “These funds will allow the county to purchase additional body-worn cameras in order to enhance transparency, promote accountability and advance public safety for law enforcement officers and our city.”
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400 Axon body cameras will be purchased with funds from this grant, while an additional 150 Axon cameras will be matched by Bexar County with a total of 550 Axon cameras being awarded to BSCO.
Additionally, this grant includes two open record specialist positions along with software and technology to assist with reviewing body-worn camera footage.
Overseeing the BCSO Axon Body-Worn Camera Project will be a Program Supervisor and a Technical Administrator—both positions within the Law Enforcement Bureau.
Steps to train deputies on utilizing the body-worn cameras have begun, however Axon body cameras, which were utilized during the trial and test phase for Patrol and Detention Deputies will remain in use.