Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said officials had hoped New Carlisle could work with Time Warner Cable on the issue, but the city would have to spend thousands of dollars to get the fiber optic internet they would need.
“They can’t afford it and we don’t want them to pay for it,” Kelly said.
Kelly said officials wanted one central repository and thought the images could be downloaded over the internet, but New Carlisle, Bethel Twp. and Mad River Twp. deputies are not able to use it.
Mad River Twp.’s solution to the issue was to purchase an additional body camera and the deputy will send one body camera in with his paper work to a sergeant.
A Bethel Twp. deputy will take his body camera to the New Carlisle substation and will have the images burned on a CD.
The county has one server for the body camera images and had set up a satellite in New Carlisle to be able to feed the system, Clark County Sheriff ’s Chief Deputy Doyle Wright said.
“We didn’t know the internet was not going to be up to speed. We figured in today’s world that wouldn’t be an issue. Unfortunately, the fiber optics have not been laid, and when that does occur, we will go back to what we originally wanted to do,” Wright said.
Wright said some road deputies still have not been issued body cameras, but within the next couple weeks all the road deputies and township deputies will have them.
Body cameras will also be provided to the “book-in” area where most complaints and confrontations occur, Kelly said.