Franklin County Sheriff's Office gets body cams

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Any Franklin County Deputy you see now will be armed... with a body camera.

And most locals like the idea.

"It proves what goes on, there's nothing hid," said Eastpoint resident, Waler Gallion.

Gallion says seeing what goes on from other perspectives gives civilians more trust in law enforcement.

"Nobody can make up a false statement, and, you know, they got proof with them and I think they need it," said Gallion.

While Sheriff A.J. Smith realized there was a need for these body cameras, he also realized this wasn't something that was going to happen overnight.

"When people say go get a grant, it's not quite as easy as that," said Sheriff Smith.

About six months ago is when the Sheriff first applied for the grant.

"Staff here worked really diligently and hard to jump through all the hurdles that we had to, you know, get the money which was over $80,000 to purchase the cameras and the storage system because it's all stored in the cloud," said Sheriff Smith.

The work for these cameras didn't stop at getting the grant.

"Part of staff had to go to Washington D.C. to the Department of Justice and go through a workshop and a training," said Sheriff Smith.

The deputies who attended that workshop, say it was a great learning lesson.

"I like it, we're able to review our videos through our app that goes through our cell phones," said Sergeant Alan Ham.

And these body cameras are something residents say will help the whole community.

"I think this county needs them, I think every officer needs them," said Gallion.