Video cameras become part of West Point police's uniform - WRBL

Video cameras become part of West Point police's uniform

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Chief Jeffery K. Cato Chief Jeffery K. Cato
Captain Robert Fawley Captain Robert Fawley

With all the surveillance these days, there aren't too many places you can go without being recorded. West Point police want have increased this surveillance by placing video cameras on their officers.

“Pretty much everything you do is recorded, so why not use technology to benefit the police department and provide services to the public,” says Chief Jeffery K. Cato, West Point’s Chief of Police.

All 17 West Point police officers are equipped with small recording devices called “BodyCams.” The camera attaches to the officers uniform on his or her chest. Video and audio are recorded whenever an officer responds to a call or pulls someone over. Police says it helps increase accountability within the department.

“We hold the officers to a higher level of professionalism already, but this just heightens that awareness as well as the accountability and the conduct,” says Captain Robert Fawley.

The cameras also protect officers against false accusations. The video can be used as evidence and help in cases where citizens file complaints against officers.

“Once it's recorded, there's no dispute,” says Chief Cato.

Video cannot be altered or deleted either. Officers have limited access to the files on their "BodyCam."

News 3 reached out to Columbus police to see if this is something they've looked into. Police Chief Ricky Boren says they've explored the idea in the past, but currently only use dashcams, which record the officer inside and outside his or her vehicle.

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