The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is adamant about providing better relations with the community through transparency. After winning grants from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services totaling tens of thousands of dollars, the Sheriff’s Office is now able to provide cameras for all uniformed officers. Part of the grant money [$15,000] will be targeted towards new cameras for the Richmond County deputies. “Every uniformed deputy in our office, from the bottom to the top is going to have a body worn camera,” Deputy Sheriff, Charles Bowles IV said. “We implemented our body worn camera program last year, and had a huge success with it.”
Throughout the country, the body worn camera has aided law enforcement in evidence documentation and increased accountability and transparency.
“With the body worn cameras, if someone has an issue with the Sheriff’s Office, we have no problem talking to that person,” Bowles said. “Now we can actually go back, look at the incident, and be able to see what’s going on.”