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Hoke deputies to begin wearing lightweight cameras

Posted August 20, 2014

— As part of an effort to improve community relations, some Hoke County sheriff's deputies next week will begin wearing lightweight cameras that record their every move.

Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said Wednesday that he decided to put the $300 devices on his deputies for three reasons – public safety, officer safety and officer accountability.

Peterkin said his office has received complaints by officers that, when investigated, have been unfounded, and that the cameras have also captured deputies not interacting well with the public or not following departmental procedures in the field.

"When it's questionable, this type of technology takes the 'he-said, she-said' out of the question," he said. "So, that is why this is so important right now."

The cameras also allow law enforcement supervisors to review video for training purposes. Video can't be erased or tampered with and has to be downloaded to view.

The small devices attach to clothing and come with remote controls that officers use to start recording. They are quiet, but the audio- and video-recording capabilities are outstanding, said Sgt. Steven Lynn, who supervises the sheriff's office's school resource officer program.

"It's a positive for law enforcement," Lynn said.

School resource officers – as well as deputies assigned to special units – will be the first to begin wearing the cameras.

But Peterkin says he is planning to make the device standard issue.

"What I see is that the more video, the more evidence, the more proof you have, the better things are," he said.


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  • winemaker81 Aug 22, 2014

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    Few people like to have their every move scrutinized. Resistance has little to do with honesty, and more to do with human nature.

    I'd not like having every work moment immortalized on video .... but I've been in a lot of meetings that should have been recorded, that would have saved a lot of problems. There's good and bad with recording.

  • Jump1 Aug 22, 2014

    that the cameras have also captured deputies not interacting well with the public or not following departmental procedures in the field. That should be over half of his staff and department there. Did he fire them??

  • disgusted2010 Aug 20, 2014

    This is a bad idea. It will only result in officers being hurt for fear they say or do something that will offend someone.

    Second, the media will demand all videos and will look through them, edit them and try to manufacture some scandal.

    Third, after issuing if for what ever reason an incident is not video taped then the haters and media will scream coverup.

  • dwntwnboy2 Aug 20, 2014

    Wonderful! Think of how quick the questions in Ferguson could have been answered had the officer been wearing one of those. Cameras just see what happens in front of them with no bias. Cameras keep everyone honest.

  • disgusted2010 Aug 20, 2014

    Would be nice if reporters were also required to wear them AND the stations were prohibited from editing the video. Of course this would put most out of business as they could no longer create/manufacture scandals where none exist.

  • Julienne Aug 20, 2014

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    Asking cause I don't know, are they still "on duty" when they call in for a 10/100 (or 10/200-lol)???

  • Barbara Sossomon Aug 20, 2014
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    Well, bathroom stops should be fun. Do they have to keep them on all the time that they are on duty?

  • K Hope Capps Aug 20, 2014
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    Haven't you heard of Twitter, Instagram and iPhones. Big Brother is here! This is a measure that will allowed LEOs to show THEIR side or the story.

  • wlbbjb Aug 20, 2014

    This is the best thing to happen for law enforcement. I shudder to think where we would be without the men and women who put their life on the line everyday to protect each and every one of us. Thank God for their courage. This should give them more protection from people whose lifes' work is destroying the character and reputation of everone they come in contact with.

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 20, 2014

    This is awesome, and should have been mandated long ago. All interactions of cops with civilians should be recorded. Protects the cops from false claims and helps to expose corrupt cops.

    "Big brother is alive and well. Is it still 1984?" - disgusted2010

    This is nothing like "big brother". Though it could be used for spying in some situations, that isn't the intended purpose.