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Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the successful implementation of body-worn cameras in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Axon body-worn cameras are now being implemented in the Correctional Facility’s secured housing areas. As part of the body-worn camera program, correctional deputies on all shifts working in a secured housing unit are required to wear a camera. These cameras record any time the deputy is in an inmate zone, with exception to zones regulated by HIPAA statues. Camera recordings are available for live viewing by supervisors and are uploaded to cloud storage daily. 

By being able to provide video documentation of interactions between facility staff and inmates, the body-worn cameras are helping to improve safety for all within the facility. 

“Safety is what these cameras are all about,” Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said. “Not only are they helping protect our correctional deputies from assaults and other incidents, by being able to go back and review video, our deputies are able to receive better training when it comes to interacting with inmates safely.”

The Correctional Facility began testing the body-worn cameras September 2018. Implementation of the program began in late March of this year.