Police body cams: Most local departments have a few or none

Courtesy Taser.com

Courtesy Taser.com

 

The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have led to more calls for increased police use of “body cameras”, small cameras that can record what an officer encounters — and how he or she responds. As WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, the City of Salem Police Department has about 30 for its patrol officers, but their use across the region is not widespread.

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The City of Salem Police Department issues body cameras to all of its Patrol Officers. A spokesman says they currently have about 30 in use. The photo below shows the officer using the black cameras. They are clearly visible on their shirts. The other officers without cameras are not on Patrol.

Photo courtesy of the City of Salem Police Department

Photo courtesy of the City of Salem Police Department

 

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