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New police cameras help tell more of the story

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ADDU's Eddie Jones ADDU's Eddie Jones
ADDU's Paul Guhl ADDU's Paul Guhl
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Officers with the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit say they're happy with a new set of body cameras, because they give a true look at what officers see on the job.

The new body cameras have an amazingly good picture, even in the dark. And the officers are glad to be wearing them.

Video from the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit's new body cameras recently showed an officer chasing a man who ran from a car stop to.

The officers later found a suspect sitting on a porch and questioned him.

But in this case, the entire episode is on the record for all to see, which is what the officers want.

"I love them. It protects me against claims of things that I didn't do," said ADDU Corporal Paul Guhl. Keeps people honest."

The body camera that ADDU officers are wearing records an officer in another situation searching a car, so there is no false claims or any question of wrong doing. They call the cameras a win-win.

"The body cameras give an opportunity to see both sides of the story," explained ADDU Commander Eddie Jones, "[and] make sure the officer is doing what he is supposed to be doing. Not violating any ones constitutional rights."

In a car chase, the officer's dash camera stopped on the other side of the car from where the officer confronts the suspects inside, but the body camera showed the entire event.

"If there is something obstructing the view between myself and the in-car camera, you are going to miss a lot of the action," said Guhl. This pretty much shows it how I see it."

With many officers nationally being accused of wrongdoing, Albany drug agents said they are glad the cameras can show their actions honestly.

"So it gives an opportunity to show the professionalism at the time frame incidents are happening as well," said Jones.

The body cam video will be shown in courts, so jurors will actually see the event to help them make their decisions, and drug agents say that will insure justice in the community.

Officials note the body cameras are expensive, at almost $1,000 each. But the money comes from drug seizures, so taxpayers do not have to pay for them.

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