Bullard Police use body cameras


POSTED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 6:39pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 9:09pm

The Bullard Police Department is using nearly $2,000 worth of new technology.

All six Bullard street patrol officers are now using on-body video cameras, which they bought with donations from citizens. The cameras have night vision and can record video and audio. They are easily attached to officers' jackets.

Bullard Police say the cameras have aleady helped them in many situations, especially DWI stops because the officers can replay sobriety tests which makes analysis easier and evidence stronger.

Officer John Hil says the footage provides solid evidence in court.

" It takes a lot of the he said/ she said out of the situation.  We document video evidence with high quality video and sound, and everything like that..the complete contact."

The cameras also protect citizens from police misconduct.

The body cameras are able to get better sound and video than traditonal dash board cameras, but officers say dashcams have advantages too.

Hill says " [the dash cams]  they're catching that whole field of view of the vehicle and surrounding areas. When we walk up to the car, the dash cam is not gonna [sic]  be able to see driver's expressions, maybe indications of driving while intoxicated due to their eyes it doesn't catch anything like that. That's where the body cam comes in."

The cameras also protect citizens from police misconduct.

Bullard Police say the combination of the two technologies is really improving policing.

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