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

Video cameras become part of West Point police's uniform

Posted: Updated:
Chief Jeffery K. Cato Chief Jeffery K. Cato
Captain Robert Fawley Captain Robert Fawley
WEST POINT, Ga. -

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Columbus man hit by own car after crashing on 1st Avenue

    Columbus man hit by own car after crashing on 1st Avenue

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:30:43 GMT
    Anthony Williams, 29, was run over and killed by a car near Chase Homes on 1st Avenue late Saturday night, according to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.
    Anthony Williams, 29, was run over and killed by a car near Chase Homes on 1st Avenue late Saturday night, according to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.
  • Woman robbed of $700 at knifepoint in Columbus bank parking lot, report says

    Woman robbed of $700 at knifepoint in Columbus bank parking lot, report says

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:11:34 GMT
    Two men held a 50-year-old woman at knife point and took hundreds of dollars from her in a bank parking lot Friday, according to a police report.The woman told police the attack happened after she withdrew $700 from the Wells Fargo ATM on 13th Street. She says it happened around 5:30 in the afternoon.“That is very surprising, especially in broad daylight. It's just getting outrageous these days,” said Roy Robertson, who was withdrawing money from the ATM on Saturday.The woman told News 3 she ...
    Two men held a 50-year-old woman at knife point and took hundreds of dollars from her in a bank parking lot Friday, according to a police report.The woman told police the attack happened after she withdrew $700 from the Wells Fargo ATM on 13th Street. She says it happened around 5:30 in the afternoon.“That is very surprising, especially in broad daylight. It's just getting outrageous these days,” said Roy Robertson, who was withdrawing money from the ATM on Saturday.The woman told News 3 she ...
  • Motorcycle club altercation leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

    Motorcycle club altercation leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:49:52 GMT
    Two victims were shot in the chest and died. Two other people had non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to survive, said police.
    Two victims were shot in the chest and died. Two other people had non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to survive, said police.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.