New body cameras for Harrison County Sheriff’s Department
Harrison County sheriff’s deputies will soon be equipped with state of the art body cameras.
The department recently purchased 68 cameras for an overall total of about $450,000. The equipment did not cost taxpayers a dime. The sheriff’s department used drug forfeiture money to buy the body worn cameras. The same ones used in the Gulfport and Biloxi police departments.
Two weeks ago, a Harrison County deputy was shot while parked near Highway 67 and 605 and the suspect is still on the run. Sheriff Troy Peterson tells News 25 if the department had body cameras at the time, circumstances in the investigation would be different. “You know in that incident it would have put a suspect and vehicle to the public immediately something that we can get out not only to every officer who is looking for this suspect and this vehicle, it would have given the press the information to put out to make it mass to other counties.”
The body cams were ordered back in June. Sheriff Peterson hopes to have each law enforcement officer equipped with the cameras by October.