Muhlenberg Sheriff’s Office may require body cams on officers
GREENVILLE, Ky. — Body cameras have been all the talk since the August 9, 2014 murder of Michael Brown by Ferguson (Mo.) Police Office Deputy Darren Wilson.
That talk ramped up even more when Walter Scott was murdered by former North Charleston Police Office Deputy Michael Slager a few weeks ago.
Now, Muhlenberg County could be the first county in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to require body cams on their officers.
The Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Office is one of several law enforcement offices in western Kentucky looking to purchase body-cams.
Sheriff Curtis McGehee says body cameras are a good tool for police organizations because they protect both the officers and citizens.
He believes body cameras would be positive for his officers too.
“We want to maintain the highest level of safety for the community and our officers and we feel like body cameras could be beneficial to us, should a critical incident occur,” McGehee told WFIE.
Right now, Sheriff McGehee says the Central City Police Office is the only police organization in the county to have body cameras.
Sheriff McGehee is trying to weigh the pros and cons, saying the only negative is the high cost to purchase the equipment.
He says right now, the cameras would only be used for officers on patrol both on foot and by car.
Again, he says they’re still mulling over the decision.