Some police chiefs believe officers would draw fewer complaints from the public if cops were outfitted with tiny video cameras worn on their collars or sunglasses.
A police officer in Fort Worth, Texas says, “these cameras are the future of policing.” Corporal Tracy Knight adds, “these cameras allow us an accurate and irrefutable account of police encounters.”
The police chief in Bremerton, Washington has announced his department will test the cameras. Steve Strachan says two officers will wear them for a while before a final decision is made on purchasing more cameras. (about $500 each) Strachan says, from what he’s heard, when police tell people they’re being recorded, “it usually changes their their behavior.”
Portland Police Sergeant Pete Simpson tells FM News 101 the Bureau has tested some cameras, but has no immediate plan to use them. In an email, Simpson also says the cameras are very expensive, require lots of training, and that there are legal issues to work through.
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