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VPD gets new digital patrol cameras

April 5, 2006

Valdosta - A South Georgia police department has new technology to help officers collect evidence.

Digital in car cameras are now installed in the dash boards of all Valdosta patrol cars. The cameras record whenever the vehicle is on, and if an officer turns on his lights and sirens or presses a button on the camera, the video backs up 45 seconds and shows what was just recorded.

Police say its helping them collect evidence and prove if a crime was committed or a traffic law was violated. "Its already worked, one of our officers recently observed someone failing to yield and pulled out in front of him, he hit record, and that violation was already on the tape," said Capt. Brian Childress. 

The video is kept on a computer server at the police department. Tapes will no longer be used.

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