Latest Police Tool: Body Camera

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email

New technology is allowing police officers to record every move they make and the moves of those around them.

When La Vista Police Officer Brad Wood goes out on a call, it used to be that his only source of video was from a dashboard camera. “The microphone is limited to a certain distance, so once you go beyond that, say in a house or too far from the car, you won't get audio or video."

That's all changing. He's the first officer with the La Vista Police Department to try a body camera. “That's all you have to do to turn it on.” He can comfortably wear it right on his uniform. So even during traffic stops officers can turn on that camera and be recording video and sound or any other location he goes to. It's technology that helps officers.

“It verifies a lot of what the officer sees and says. It's good for evidentiary reasons.” And potentially other people. “It records both sides."

There are safeguards to prevent tampering. No one can delete the footage from the camera itself and all the video is transferred over to the computer system and can't be edited. The camera costs $900, but for officers the value for them is priceless.

Officer Wood is trying out the camera for now, then other officers will be getting the camera. Bellevue police already use body cameras.

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