Body Cameras Will Now Be Worn In Guilford County Jails

Body Cameras Will Now Be Worn In Guilford County Jails

10:17am Sep 02, 2020
Body cameras similar to the one shown here are being phased in at the Guilford County Detention Centers. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Body cameras will now be worn by detention officers in both of Guilford County’s jail facilities. 

Sheriff Danny Rogers says the introduction of body-worn cameras in the Greensboro and High Point Detention Centers brings his office “up to the 21st century.”

The News & Record reports that county commissioners approved the purchase of 105 body cams in 2019, at a cost of roughly $225,000. They will supplement the hundreds of cameras already recording activity in both facilities.

Rogers said at a press conference that he believes the body cameras will help simplify the review process should any incidents arise. He stressed the importance of transparency and said he doesn’t believe there have been any improper occurrences at the Guilford County jails. 

There have been numerous protests in the Triad following the death of John Neville, a Black man from Greensboro who died while in the custody of Forsyth County deputies. Recently-released body-cam footage from that incident shed light on what took place. 

The process of phasing in body cams in Guilford County jails began on Tuesday. It’s expected they will be fully distributed by the end of September.

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