Winnebago County Sheriff's Office looks to purchase body cameras

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) - During the Winnebago County finance committee meeting, board members discuss the possibility to provide the safety equipment to the sheriff's office. The challenge is funding the gear worth $2.5 million.

Axon Enterprise Inc. an Arizona based company has been working with the sheriff's office to come up with a plan to provide the department with new dash-cams for the vehicles, new dual-shot Tasers instead of the single-shot model currently being used and body cameras for each deputy to wear while on the job. Board members have yet to decide where the funds will come from but they all agree public safety is a top priority for the county.

"We just have to get that funding sourced out. The body cams are very important not only to our officers but to the community as a whole. The body cams so I think it's very important that our officers, deputies, correctional officers, and staff having these body cameras not only to protect themselves but to protect the community," said Winnebago County Board Member Burt Gerl.

"There would be no initial payment by the county outside of the commissary fund in fiscal year 20 the budget we are in now. But then we would have four years of payments to cover the balance. So I think we could pull it from a couple of different areas," said Winnebago County Chairperson Frank Haney.

Axon hopes to reach a five-year agreement with the county board by the end of this year.