Mounted police cruiser cameras may be a thing of the past, as some officers are now wearing portable cameras.
Sunbury Police Chief Pat Bennett recently talked about how a portable video camera worn by one of his officers clearly captured a traffic violation.
“We are excited about the technology,” said Bennett.
The department is testing the cameras, which can be worn in several ways, including on eyeglasses or hats.
The power source is clipped to an officers’ vest, where the camera can be plugged in.
The camera captures the action that the officer is looking at.
Recording stops, calls and arrests is another way the chief says the officers are held accountable for their actions.
“Because they know, they are being videotaped, they are going to be on their best behavior,” added Bennett.
Like cruisers and computers, he says the cameras are becoming another tool needed for the job.
Bennett said the portable video cameras each cost about $1,000.
He said he's hoping to get enough funding to purchase eight of them for the department.
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