Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Department is ready to join the Rochester Police Department in using body cameras.

The Olmsted County Board meets Tuesday and the agenda includes a request from Sheriff Kevin Torgerson to use about $283,000 from the county’s reserves to purchase body cameras for the Sheriff’s Department’s law enforcement officers and deputies working in the county jail. The appropriation would be spread out over three years and would cover the cameras and cellphones needed fully utilize the system.

The county board and Sheriff’s Department began discussing the use of body cameras over a year ago and decided to hold off because the state legislature had not dealt with privacy, data storage and other related issues. In making the request, Sheriff Torgerson noted state lawmakers approved legislation dealing with the body cameras during the 2016 session and the department’s policies have been updated.

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