KENOSHA — Funding for body cameras for the Kenosha County Sheriff's Office is now on the table.
Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser said Monday that the funding will be apart of the 2021 budget he will present to the County Board on Oct. 6.
The Board will then decide whether or not to keep the funding in the budget. Adoption of the budget is expected in November.
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“I hear the community’s call for more transparency, and I can tell you that body cameras will be funded next year,” Kreuser said in a statement. “The County Board made this request in a resolution adopted not long before the recent, tragic events in our community, and I have no reason not to follow through on it.”
Body cameras re-entered the spotlight after the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Aug. 23. During the shooting, none of the responding Kenosha Police Department officers were wearing body cameras, because the department did not have any.
While the county sheriff's office's deputies were not involved in the police shooting of Blake, many in the community have called for law enforcement in Kenosha County to start wearing them.
Kreuser did not say how much money would be allocated to the body cameras in his budget proposal.