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La Crosse County Sheriff receives body camera grant

Kaitlyn Riley

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The U.S. Department of Justice-bureau of Justice Assistance awarded the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office a $40,000 grant to implement a Body Worn Camera (BWC) for the local department.

“While I have complete trust in the integrity of the men and women that serve in the Sheriff’s Office, this grant will allow us to implement another layer of transparency for the public that we serve,” Sheriff Jeff Wolf said. “With the rapid improvements in today’s technology, the Body Worn Cameras have become a necessity for law enforcement and correctional work. While they do not replace good work out staff does, they will certainly supplement their efforts.”

The BWC program will work in concert with the current Mobile Camera system that is already in marked squad cars. This makes video retention and answering open records requests easier and faster, according to the sheriff’s office. Viewing video will also aid staff through training and debriefing incidents.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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    Jenny

    October 21, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    When are we going to put body cameras on POLITICIANS? They are the real criminalss that are killing this country.

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