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Olmsted County Sheriff's Office to get new body cameras: 'They'll save lives'

It's out with the old, in with the new for law enforcement in Olmsted County.

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 10:46 PM
Updated: Sep 18, 2019 5:17 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - The Olmsted County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward and allow the sheriff's office to buy new body cameras. 

They'll get upgraded squad car cameras too - since their old ones are outdated. 

It will cost just over a million dollars but John Bier sees it as a good investment. 

"They'll save lives, they'll prevent a lot of lawsuits, when you have a record of exactly what happened, it's a lot better than just writing written reports from he said, she said, who say, they said, now you have a picture, people can interpret those reports a little different," Bier said. 

The plan is to get the new cameras by the New Year. 

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