The Juneau County Sheriff’s Department will soon have body cameras for deputies.
“As soon as we get them in we will get the deputies trained on them and they’ll be in the squad cars,” said Juneau County Sheriff Brent Oleson at the July 10 Sheriff’s Committee meeting.
“They’re good for court too.”
The cameras were paid for with a $44,000 grant for the Sheriff’s Department. The Juneau County Board voted unanimously to move forward with using the grant to purchase the cameras Nov. 7.
Sheriff’s Committee Chair Jerry Niles voiced approval for the body cameras.
“It seems to me that those (cameras) would be a blessing,” Niles said.
Body camera footage is stored for 120 days and deleted afterward.
“We had to have a policy in place to get the grant for the cameras,” Oleson said.
Oleson also reported law enforcement secured a computer for the recently donated Cellebrite data extraction device to be operated by the Mauston police department. The $16,000 equipment was purchased through donations made by the Bank of Mauston, Rudig-Jensen, and Scully Oil.
The Mauston Police Department has had the device since April.
“We’ve got the device here, we’ve got a Mauston Officer trained in how to use it and a detective, but we needed a computer for that, a standalone, as part of the system,” Oleson said.
Previously when data extraction was necessary for an investigation, Juneau County law enforcement would coordinate with Monroe County to use their device. Law enforcement will now be able to extract data more efficiently.
Oleson announced the Sheriff’s Department is currently hiring for a deputy position, lieutenant position, and two dispatcher positions.
The Sheriff’s Committee will meet again Aug. 14