The Victoria County Sheriff’s Office to apply for a grant for body cameras

The Sheriff's Office is looking to get 55 body cameras

VICTORIA, Texas – Victoria County Commissioners approved a grant application for a Bureau of Justice Assistance grant for body cameras during this week’s commissioners’ court.

The Sheriff’s Office is looking to get 55 body cameras which cost roughly around $130,000.

The grant portion will be around $65,000 and requires a 50-50 percent match from the county to meet the roughly $130,000 price tag.

The first phase of the 55 body cameras will be used by field personnel (Enforcement division) with hopes of getting a second round of body cameras for the jail detention officers.

Victoria County Sheriff, Justin Marr, says having body cameras is part of modern-day policing.

” As far as modern policing, this should be standard equipment, we haven’t had that, we’ve only been operating with dashcams for many years, it’s time to cross that bridge and get that technology that we need, ” says Sheriff Marr.

Sheriff Marr also says that the department will receive training and will add policies for the body cameras should the department receive them.

The Sheriff’s Office will know within 90 days if they will receive the grant funding, if they do, they will place the body cameras order shortly after.