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Midland Co. Sheriff's Office switching to new body cameras

Police body camera. (Source: KWES) Police body camera. (Source: KWES)
MIDLAND COUNTY, TX (KWES) -

The Midland County Sheriff's Office will sport some new body cameras in about a month.

Right now, deputies use a Panasonic made camera.

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter said it's too large, costly and it takes a long time to upload their footage.

The sheriff's office decided to make a change to a new Ally body camera.

County commissioners gave their approval on Monday.

Painter said they're smaller, have faster transfer speeds and they're a lot cheaper.

"The cost difference is almost double, Panasonic was nearly double of what we're looking at, so I'd rather save tax money. The camera is just as good. It's under $50,000, the other was almost $70,000 which is a waste, total waste," said Painter.

Painter added the initial cost of the setup is the cheapest part whereas the cost to store the footage, which is the most expensive.

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