The horrible tragedy in the Council area has highlighted the use or misuse of these cameras. In news reports the Adams County Sheriff’s Office did not know if the cameras were on in their cars at the scene? There has also has been no indication as to if the body cameras of the deputies were on or off. When the sheriff was questioned by the Idaho Statesman, he said, “The deputies have been advised to have their cameras on.” These cameras should be on at all times both in their cars and on their person. Investigations would be much easier to discern as to what actually happened with the camera information in most cases. Why should taxpayers support these cameras for use by law enforcement if they have the option to use or not use them? When no witnesses are present at an incident scene, they are even more important. I believe a legislator should sponsor a bill making it a law in Idaho that all law enforcement agencies in the state, that have these cameras, must have them turned on at all times that they are on duty and/or patrol.
Frank McCully, Nampa