Deputy Chief: Body cameras protect officers and the public

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – If you run into a Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputy chances are you’re being recorded by a body camera worn by the deputies.

Cameras on Clinton County Sheriff’s cars capture video of what’s happening right in front of their vehicle.

“When the officer is out of view of the camera things still happen,” Deputy Chief Joe Mink said.

That’s why the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office started putting body cameras on deputies.

“It helps save the public, and it helps save the officer because there is always two sides to a story and this doesn’t lie,” Mink said. “It tells you exactly what happened.”

Mink said deputies in the traffic division have been wearing the cameras for almost a year now.

“It makes the officer’s job much easier, and it makes the officer much more accountable,” Mink said.

Mink said the cameras are proving useful. In a few cases, the video was used to investigate allegations against officers.

“People were saying things officers did and they didn’t, clearly because it was caught on video,” Mink said.

Mink has been in law enforcement for 35 years. For him using computers was a big change. He said he never thought officers would wear cameras, but says it’s helping protect officers and the community they serve.

“If we would have had that 20 years ago, 25 years ago it would have been great,” Mink said.

The cameras cost about $250 each. Mink said more deputies in other divisions will begin wearing them soon.

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