Washoe County Commissioners approve funding for more body cameras

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- Update: The Washoe County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved funding for 300 additional body cameras for the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

A new bill in North Carolina proposes that city councils, county commissioners, citizen review boards should be able to see police body cam videos without a judge's consent. (Source: VIEVU / YouTube/ MGN)

Original Story: Expanding the body camera program, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is looking buy more cameras for jail staff.

WCSO Lieutenant Corey Solferino says they are in a unique situation where all of the current officers have the ability to work outside. Since the department is short on the operations side, whenever they work public events, they are able to use staff from the jail.

WCSO is looking to buy 300 additional body cameras and the entire package for four years that includes storage, is expected to cost more than $1.2 million. The funds are expected to come out of the 911 Surcharge Funds.

Washoe County Commissioners will vote on the request Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at its meeting.

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