JONESBORO, Ark. — A sheriff’s office in northeastern Arkansas is equipping deputies with body cameras to promote transparency and accountability.

The Jonesboro Sun ( ) reports the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office has purchased more than 40 cameras for $19,000.

Chief Deputy Rick Thomas says the sheriff’s office is currently training all road deputies and court bailiffs how to use the cameras. He says the footage will help the department and the public with transparency when law enforcement interactions are called into question.

Thomas says the cameras will be turned on whenever a deputy interacts with a member of the public unless the interactions are simple information or assistance requests. He says the cameras will turn on automatically whenever lights and sirens are activated.

Information from: The Jonesboro Sun,

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