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Wood Co. Sheriff's Dept. considers new body cameras

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Wood County Sheriff deputies could be getting an extra set of eyes next year.  Department leaders want to get body cameras for the deputies.  They're similar to dash cams, except they capture the video and sound as the officer moves around.

"If there's an assault or a domestic, everything is recorded as far as what the deputy sees and what people say," says Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn.  "That way if later on they change their mind we have it recorded."

They cost between $300 and $500 dollars, and are already used by Toledo Police.  The sheriff says the new technology could protect the department from lawsuits and make sure deputies are held accountable.

The sheriff plans to get a handful of cameras in 2014 for a trial run.  If they work well, he would like to purchase 30 cameras over the next three years.

"We're excited this is another tool we can use to help with convictions and help eliminate some of the frivolous civil suits," Wasylyshyn tells 13abc.

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