TULARE COUNTY (KFSN) --Body-worn cameras are becoming an industry standard in the streets with law enforcement. But to have them inside jails could be a game changer.
"This is all an officer's safety tool that we're implementing. As well as compatibility, as well as a huge transparency for our community," said Tim Fosnaugh, Tulare County Sheriff Captain.
Thanks to a nearly $100,000 federal grant the Tulare County Sheriff's Office will soon purchase body cameras for correctional deputies to use in jails.
While the eye in the sky watches inmates' every move the body cameras will add an extra layer of security.
"The great thing about this piece of equipment is that we're up close. Our current cameras in our facilities are stationary, non-moving, and they're at locations where they don't have zoom in capability," said Fosnaugh.
Tulare County deputies already wear cameras on patrol, but the grant will allow the county to be among the first in the state to provide cameras for correctional deputies.
"My sheriff wants to be very transparent to show what we do well. That piece of equipment will be a deterrent with inmates. Once they know they're being videotaped the potential for assaults or non-compliance issues will diminish," said Fosnaugh.
Tulare County plans to have body worn cameras fully operational in all of its jails by the first of the year.