Decatur Co. Sheriff’s Office implements Body Worn Camera program

Two Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies demonstrate body-worn cameras. The new program went online Wednesday. (Photo: Decatur County Sheriff’s Office)

(Decatur County, IN) – Decatur County Sheriff Bill Meyerrose says the new Body Worn Camera (BWC) program is up and running at his agency.

Meyerrose touted the program as one of the main platforms of his campaign for Sheriff in 2022.

Since taking office in January, Meyerrose and several of his employees wrote grant proposals, purchased equipment, trained, and implemented policies and procedures for the use and liability of body cams leading up to Wednesday’s BWC program rollout.

The body-worn cameras were paid for by the American Rescue Plan Act and through an Indiana Department of Homeland Security grant.

Meyerrose says body-worn cameras are the first step in his plan for Sheriff’s Office transparency.

Eventually, the Sheriff’s Office plans to install in-car camera systems in all patrol vehicles.

One of the body-worn cameras that will be used by Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies. (Photo: Decatur County Sheriff’s Office)

Sheriff Meyerrose says he expects some learning curves in the initial implementation of the program but as always it will get worked out