Lucas County Commissioners Pete Gerken, Carol Contrada, and Tina Skeldon Wozniak, in conjunction with Sheriff John Tharp, announced today the implementation of the Sheriff’s body camera policy. The Commissioners and the Sheriff were joined by Toledo Unit NAACP President Ray Wood, Reverend Donald L. Perryman of United Pastors for Social Empowerment, and several Sheriff’s Deputies.
Lucas County Sheriff Tharp’s new body camera policy was announced in December 2014 when Lucas County agreed to purchase 17 new body cameras for a little over $24,000. The body camera policy will require officers out in the field for road patrol to be equipped with the body cameras that will record activities throughout their shift. Technical training will be provided for Sheriff’s Deputies on how to use the new body cameras.
According to a statement from the Board of Lucas County Commissioners, “This policy change is important because we recognize the partnership between the citizens and law enforcement is best protected with the transparency that body cameras provide.”
“The Sheriff’s Office is confident that implementing this new body camera policy is a large step in increasing and reaffirming community confidence,” remarked Sheriff John Tharp. “These new body cameras are beneficial for the entire community and law enforcement officers is a part of that community.”