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Taxpayers cost to store body camera videos depends on location

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The cost to taxpayers for police departments to store videos from body cameras depends on where you live.

Bonneau Police Chief Frank Fuda has been using body cameras in his department for five years.

Fuda says because he runs a small department, it has cost about $1,000 for the entire five years to store both body camera and dash cam videos.

The much larger Charleston County Sheriff's Office is in the market for body cameras.

Spokesman Major Eric Watson says it costs county taxpayers $7,595 a year to store and maintain dash cam videos on an internal server.

Watson says the price tag to store the body camera videos will depend on how much storage space is needed.

Sheriff Al Cannon says he hopes South Carolina will become a pilot state for body cameras and that the federal government will help pay for the cameras and the storage.

"Somebody's got to pay for it and the people that receive the direct benefit from it will probably be included in that," Cannon said.

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