Updated: February 04, 2021 12:18 AM
Created: February 03, 2021 06:14 PM
(ABC 6 News) - The Dodge County Sheriff's Department is incorporating more technology to best serve their citizens.
The department began using body cameras in December. After years of deliberation, Sheriff Scott Rose thought it was the right time to make the investment.
"We felt that with the incidents in Minneapolis and some of the unrest that is going on and some of the questions about law enforcement, it was important for us to get the program started from a transparency standpoint for the public," Sheriff Rose said.
Law enforcement agencies in the country are under a microscope. Dodge County wants the cameras to provide transparency.
"For us it tells the public transparency is important to us. We're not hiding anything. We want you to see the work that we do. We want you to be proud of the work that we do," Sheriff Rose said.
The videos will be good to keep on record for the public to have as reference. But the body cameras are also meant to serve the deputies.
"The body cameras also protect our deputies in the event that there are complaints or allegations made against the deputy that are false, because with the body cameras, all that interaction is all recorded," Sheriff Rose said.
More body cameras and updated cameras will be added in the coming years. For now, though, Sheriff Rose is looking to another type of technology to benefit his department: drones. He says they would be beneficial in multiple scenarios including finding lost children in rural areas and an armed stand-off like the one that happened in Albert Lea in 2020.
The Dodge County Sheriff's Department is hoping to utilize every piece of technology to help make their communities safe.
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