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Chapel Hill, Cary Police To Get Clearer Picture Of Crime

Posted April 16, 2004

— More criminals in the Triangle area could soon be caught on tape, thanks to a new collection of dashboard cameras.

The Digital Eyewitness is a new digital camera system being added to police cars in Cary and Chapel Hill to provide a clearer, sharper picture to officers.

The camera can catch all of a suspect's actions outside the patrol car. There is also a second camera inside the car that can watch all of the suspect's actions in the back seat.

Rep. David Price said the $250,000 cost for the equipment is coming from the U.S. Department of Justice.

"This is not coming from the Homeland Security Department. This is coming from the Department of Justice and it is a way of alternating the all-too scarce resources that are available to local law enforcement from the Department of Justice these days," he said. "In that sense, it compensates for some funds that we really should have had all along."

Twenty-five cameras will be placed in Cary police cars. Fourteen cameras will be in Chapel Hill police cars.

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