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St. Louis County Sheriff's Office seeks input on move to add body cameras

The St. Louis County Board will vote on the addition of body cameras to deputies at its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 14, in Duluth.

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St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman administers the oath to serve to new deputies. The St. Louis County Board is scheduled to vote at its meeting Dec. 14 on a resolution that would authorize the purchase of 110 body cameras for deputies. Contributed / St. Louis County

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office is planning to purchase body worn cameras for its deputies and is seeking public comment on both the implementation of these devices as well as the proposed policy of when and how they'll be used.

The St. Louis County Board is scheduled to vote at its meeting Dec. 14 on a resolution that would authorize the purchase of 110 body cameras, along with supporting accessories and equipment, at a cost of $790,000 to be paid over five years.

The Sheriff's Office has experienced an increase in deadly force encounters in recent years and, said in a news release Tuesday that it "recognizes body camera video can increase transparency and accountability, help dispel rumors, and also assist with investigations."

The proposed policy can be found at stlouiscountymn.gov/sheriff . Public comment on both the implementation of body worn cameras, as well as the proposed policy surrounding their use, can be submitted via email to sheriff@stlouiscountymn.gov ; by calling 218-336-4347; or by mail to: St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, Attn: BWC, 100 N. Fifth Ave. W., Room 103, Duluth, MN 55802.

Residents may also comment at the County Board meeting at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14 at the St. Louis County Government Services Center in Duluth, 320 W. Second St., in the Lake Superior Room on the second floor.

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