Wichita Falls PD goals to place a physique cam on each officer
WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Videotaping has turn out to be an on a regular basis prevalence with all of the know-how.
Over latest years, police departments have begun utilizing this know-how as nicely.
“It’s required that we turn on our audio and video anytime we stop anybody, whether they’re on foot or in a car. We come across them and turn it on before it was just audio but now they’ve got video” Wichita Falls PD Sgt. Charlie Eipper mentioned.
In seven states, regulation enforcement officers are required to put on physique cams. Only a handful of officers in WFPD have them, however they wish to develop the variety of physique cams quickly.
“We have enough where all of our motorcycle guys have them because they’re not able to have the onboard cameras on the motorcycles so they have them. There’s 11 of those total so for the future, we would like all patrol officers to have a body cam,” Eipper mentioned.
But similar to another gadget, these physique cameras are costly.
“Just like you said, it is expensive and we’re hoping that as technology grows, the technology we’re looking for will become less expensive, just like everything else,” Eipper mentioned.
But though dear, they will help to maintain everybody secure. Eipper mentioned the cameras are for the safety of each residents and officers.
“For police officers, two things, it protects us from any false allegations and it also provides evidence. For the public, it’s also a protection for them to make sure that when we are in contact with them, everything is recorded.” Eipper mentioned.