Roane County Sheriff's deputies now wearing body cameras

Published: Feb. 27, 2017 at 10:15 PM EST
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ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Reducing public complaints and holding deputies accountable are two of the reasons why the Roane County Sheriff's Deputies are now wearing body cameras.

WSAZ reported last week that the new policy for their use was approved by Roane County Commissioners.

Sheriff Todd Cole says the new policy allows deputies to decide when to have them on. However, they'll have to give an account for why it wasn't on if something happens and the footage is needed.

The policy also outlines how long video will be kept, depending on if it's considered valuable evidence in a case.

Sheriff Cole says there have been no officer-related incidents requiring the use of the body camera footage since they've had them.