TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Corrections officers will soon be outfitted with body cameras.
Tippecanoe County Community Corrections is purchasing the body cams for all 20 of its corrections officers with a $250,000 grant through the Prison Rape Elimination Act, also known as PREA.
"This is just adding a layer of transparency to our facility and to our staff, especially our corrections officers who will be wearing them - no different than a jail officer or a bailiff or a police officer," says Jason Huber, executive director of Tippecanoe County Community Corrections.
Community corrections will become one of just a handful of PREA certified facilities in Indiana at the end of the two-year grant. Huber says the act ensures best practices and the safety of inmates within correctional facilities.
"Having that transparency and that equipment is paramount not only for our staff but for participants and for the community at large," he says. "There's a big shift in making sure that everybody is doing what they should be doing."
A public hearing on a proposed expansion to community corrections is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Tippecanoe County Office Building.
Officials are encouraging the public to attend the hearing virtually. Links to the virtual hearing are available on the Tippecanoe County Commissioners website.