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County Commission to Consider Body Cameras for PBSO

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says it has some catching up to do.

The agency, which serves most of the county, lacks body cameras.

However, that could soon change.

County mayor Dave Kerner said last week that he plans to raise the idea of shifting sales-tax money, in an effort to find the nearly $19 million Sheriff Rick Bradshaw says he needs to buy the cameras.

Kerner added that he plans to bring up the discussion this summer.

The mayor went on to say that he had “positive” talks Tuesday with County Administrator Verdenia Baker, and had also spoken with Bradshaw.

Twelve municipalities in Palm Beach County currently have body cameras, as does Florida Atlantic University’s police department.

PBSO is responsible for 1,874 of the 2,227 square miles in the county.

The agency is also contracted to 14 of the county’s 39 municipalities, or a combined population of 185,000 people.

Its proposed 2020-2021 budget is about $740 million.

Currently, PBSO has dashboard cameras in 960 of its 3,200 vehicles, which include patrol cars, unmarked units and support vehicles.