Body cameras for PBSO deputies could cost $10M

Body cameras for Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies could cost as much as $10 million, County Administrator Verdenia Baker said.

County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, campaigning for re-election, has made a renewed call for body cameras.

Taylor said she’d like to see money from a proposed increase in the sales tax used to pay for the  body cameras. Her colleagues on the commission would have to agree to use sales tax money for body cameras.

An initial sales tax projects list included $27.4 million for in-car cameras, body cameras and radios. Baker said the plan was to purchase the equipment together to save money.

As the sales tax debate moved forward, however, money for body cameras was removed from the projects list. When the commission meets on Tuesday, Taylor plans to urge her colleagues to put funding for body cameras back on the sales tax projects list.

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