Body Cameras Provide Protection For Officers And Public

It's an important part of Bellevue Police Officer Justin Larson's uniform.

"There's a clip on the back so it just clips onto the uniform," he said.

And it captures the world from his point of view.

"A lot of times video gets bits and pieces of an incident," she said. 'And a lot of times that's what people see is bits and pieces of an incident this will get my perspective, what i'm seeing from the entire incident."

Officer Larson is the School Resource Officer at Bellevue West high School.

He said using these body cameras can actually help prevent a situation from getting worse.

"During a high stress situation where people are upset, it actually helps de-escalate a situation because I can tell them 'Hey, just to let you know I'm recording this' and all of a sudden you can see their temperament change."

These cameras protect officers but the rest of us as well.

"Accurately recording events, its used for evidence in court, its used as well for training purposes we've also used it for, we've also used it for citizen concerns that come forward," Bellevue police investigator Laurie Synowiecki said.

Officer Larson said he uses the body camera often.

"Every time I have kids come in, it doesn't have to be bad, I turn it on just to have that on video just to record what's going on,' he said.

Just in case.

"To get the entire picture, not just a portion of the story,' he said.

So why don't more departments use body cameras?

The cost.

It's more than just buying these cameras, there are programs necessary for downloading images.

Storage is another expense.


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