Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Testing New Body Cameras

From by David Kernodle, August 22, 2013

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Capt. Steve Willis says the department is testing new body cameras for the next 45 days.

He says the new cameras are a possible replacement for patrol in-car dash cameras.

“Those cameras are coming to the end of their life cycle, so now is the time to look at the new technology,” said Willis.

Willis says the cameras are hundreds of dollars less than dash cameras.

CMPD is the latest law enforcement agency to use body cameras. On Wednesday, the Greensboro Police Department announced they will purchase 160 similar cameras. In 2011, the Statesville Police Department started using body cameras.

The ones CMPD is testing is made by TAZER International. The company currently outfits the department’s stun guns and could end up storing most of the video on the company’s Cloud. Willis says the Cloud is a secure site.

Willis says the cameras can be attached to a uniform, a pair of sunglasses and a headband. The battery is located on the officer’s belt.

Willis says the new technology will help keep officers accountable and more importantly, safe.

Published in: on August 22, 2013 at 10:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

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