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Special Report: Cop Cams

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Chief Persley Chief Persley
Sgt. Frank Herndon Sgt. Frank Herndon

Some law enforcers say body cameras are changing the way they do their jobs.

Leesburg Police Chief Charles Moore said the cameras are a necessity, and not a luxury for his department. They're one of many getting on board with the newest technology.

Drug busts, traffic stops, and foot chases are all now being caught on camera. "If something happens, it's on camera,” said Leesburg Police Chief Charles Moore.  

That camera isn't your standard dash board view though. The video now comes from body cameras, like this, that officers are wearing.

Moore made the decision to buy eleven cameras for all of his officers earlier this year. "With everything that's been going on around the United States, I wanted our officers to be more comfortable and wanted them to be protected in the public," said Charles Moore.

Even for cities like Leesburg that or don’t get many complaints from citizens, the cameras are still there as a backup. "To me it's a necessity. It covers the city. It covers the officer, and it covers the public in general if we have a complaint,” said Chief Charles Moore.  

Sergeant Frank Herndon is one of the eleven officers that wears the cameras on a daily basis, and he said these cameras have encouraged citizens to be more honest.

"A lot of times that helps and makes them think about what they tell you before they do," said Sgt. Frank Herndon with the Leesburg Police Department.  

Sergeant Herndon said the cameras are easy to use. Right when you initiate a traffic stop, you just reach down, push one button, and the cameras are recording.

Chief Moore hopes the cameras contribute to the department's trust in the community as tension among police and citizens grows daily. "It's going to be a good asset for our department,” said Chief Moore.

In Albany things aren’t much different. APD employs similar technology in their patrol division, but Chief Michael Persley hopes to add cameras to every officer's wardrobe in six to eight months.

"Once you try to recount an event, you go off of memory, but if you're able to look at the video, you can be more accurate in what happened," said Albany Police Chief Michael Persley.  

The department has had some cameras for about three years now.  Chief Persley hopes to find better cameras soon. "You can't get any more transparent other than being there. So that's what the video helps.” 

"Transparency and trust. And that's what we want,” said Chief Moore.  It’s just another step towards better policing and better communities.

The cameras range anywhere from $200 to $1,100. The chiefs said the hardest thing is finding an affordable, yet dependable, camera.

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