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Body cameras coming to Potter County deputies

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Potter County Sheriff, Brian Thomas Potter County Sheriff, Brian Thomas
POTTER COUNTY, TX (KFDA) -

With the help from the state and the county, the push to get body cameras for Potter County deputies is moving right along.

"The budget has already been set for it," said Potter County Sheriff, Brian Thomas. 

But the last piece to this puzzle is the final approval from county officials. On Monday, Potter County commissioners will vote to approve a contract between the department and a body camera vendor. 

Sheriff Thomas says since this has been in the works for some time, the new contract vote will pass. 

"We've already gone to the commissioners and we told them we wanted to pursue these camera," said Thomas. 

The contract would be with Taser International, Inc. and will provide the body camera equipment, software, and data storage. While this is good for the deputies, Thomas wants to stress these cameras are not a cure all. 

"The biggest thing I can tell people is that cameras is not going to solve everything but it is another tool. It's just like anything else that we carry on our belt, it's another tool to help keep us safe," said Thomas. 

The department will get 30 cameras for the deputies who only work the streets. Once those cameras come in, each deputy will go through training. 

"There's a lot of training that goes with it," said Thomas. "There's a lot of policies writing that we have to write." 

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