La Crosse County sheriff receives DOJ grant for body cameras

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to purchase body cameras, Sheriff Jeff Wolf announced Tuesday.

“While I have complete trust in the integrity of the men and women that serve in the sheriff’s office, this grant will allow us to implement another layer of transparency for the public that we serve,” said Wolf. “With rapid improvements in today’s technology, the body-worn cameras have become a necessity for law enforcement and correctional work. While they do not replace the good work that our staff does, they will certainly supplement their efforts.”

The program the sheriff’s office is implementing will work in concert with the mobile camera system in marked squad vehicles. It will make video retention and answering of open records requests easier and faster.

Viewing of all video will aid staff through training and debriefing of incidents, Wolf said.