WPBF 25 News July 29, 2020

During a virtual forum in Palm Beach County, officials took questions from residents about everything from policing to race relations, including the use of body cameras.

Which is when Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw announced he’s already working on it.

“Body worn cameras are fantastic,” Bradshaw said. “We are thrilled to death that we are finally going to get them.”

The Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners held a discussion about policing and body cameras were one of the hot topics.

“We are looking at some vendors because we want to have state-of-the-art,” Bradshaw said.

According to the sheriff, they are in talks with the county commission to fund the cameras from sales tax money.

“You have to remember, with an agency my size, we are talking a $19 million investment,” Bradshaw said.

He said most of the money is going toward new servers.

“Right now, we are going through renovation of my entire agency. The infrastructure is being redone, so that will be part of reconstructing the infrastructure,” Bradshaw said.

One of the county commissioners said they are looking for the body cameras to be budgeted for 2023 through 2025.