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Garner police ask for public input on officer body cameras

Posted March 22

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— The Garner Police Department is scheduled to hold two public meetings on Wednesday to discuss the use of body cameras for its officers.

Garner joins a number of other local police departments that have or are exploring their use. The department says feedback from citizens can help them develop a policy for body cameras.

The first meeting starts Wednesday at noon, and the second starts at 6 p.m. Both will be at the police station on Seventh Avenue.

There's seating for about 75 people.

Garner Police said they've already received a batch of cameras to test out. The meetings are to help them formulate when and how often they should be used.

Officials also want to know how many they need—each camera costs about $1,000.

They've also looked for policy help from other nearby departments, such as Raleigh and Durham, that implemented them and are rolling them out to officers over the next few years.

There will be another public meeting in Garner next month that the police department is hosting with the Raleigh-Apex chapter of the NAACP.

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  • Ed Livesay Mar 22, 11:49 a.m.
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    Oh, yes! With personal knowledge, I'd guess that the tool would help eliminate the vast, vast number of fictitious complaints that accompany many very legitimate arrests and other Officer actions. To naysayers, be aware that the tool acts in the fashion of a two-way street too! As to costs... they're a lot cheaper than the resources expended for internal affair personnel, etc.

  • William James Mar 22, 8:43 a.m.
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    The Police need to be wearing the cams that fit on the shoulder to allow uninterrupted viewing vs. the shirt cams which are easily obstructed by the officers hand movements. Also, the public should have access to the recordings if its a questionable shootings because otherwise its going to appear the police are covering up something.