The Muscogee County Marshal's Office announced Tuesday it has purchased body-worn cameras for all of its deputies to use in the field and court room.
Capt. Curtis Lockette said 17 cameras were purchased, and the Marshal's Office currently has 15 deputies. The cameras have been in use since they were issued June 25.
According to a news release, the cameras were purchased "in an effort to insure the Muscogee County Marshal’s Office is providing the most professional and proficient service to the citizens of Columbus, Muscogee County and those who travel through ."
The release said the cameras provide increased transparency and "help to legitimize the law enforcement function" as well as document evidence that can aid in criminal cases.
The cameras' advanced capabilities include software for storage, an audit trail of video uploaded and the inability to erase or edit video.
The cameras were purchased with salary savings from the Marshal's Office, the release said.