Since taking office last year, Sheriff Kevin Henderson began exploring the implementation of a Body-Worn Camera (BWC) system. Since that time, Sheriff Henderson has continued pursuing the program recognizing the benefits to the Office of Sheriff and our community. With the full support of the Ontario County Board of Supervisor’s, funding was approved to enter into a contract with Axon Enterprise Inc. to provide the cameras during the September 10th board meeting. The Sheriff considers the implementation of Body-Worn Cameras to be a significant achievement for the Ontario County Office of Sheriff.
Body Worn Camera’s will be issued to the road patrol deputies, patrol supervisors and administrators. Sheriff Henderson views body-worn cameras as a way to build the trust and relationships the Sheriff’s Office has with our citizens. We know that the public has called for more law enforcement agencies to wear body cameras and the overall goal of the BWC program is to enhance community trust by documenting law enforcement encounters with the public and promoting transparency. It will also enhance officer safety, aid in more effective prosecutions and improve the investigation of citizen complaints as well as protect against false allegations of misconduct.
Sheriff Henderson’s goal is to implement the BWC program by January 1, 2021.