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Raleigh police test body cameras before rollout

Posted December 7, 2016

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— Many police departments around the country are turning to body cameras to fill in some of the gaps in information following incidents. Wednesday, the Raleigh Police Department announced it is one step closer to getting the cameras for its officers.

Raleigh police announced Wednesday that some officers would continue wearing body cameras as a test. It’s a way for the department to figure out what kind of body cameras to buy.

Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown doesn’t think body cameras will solve all issues between civilians and police, but said they’re a start.

“It’s just one more piece of equipment to add to what the officers are already out there utilizing and that’s how we have to look at it,” she said.

Deck-Brown spoke with WRAL News in October, when the department first began testing body-worn cameras.

“The technology is quite costly and so we wanted to make sure we didn’t just jump out there and say this is what we want,” Deck-Brown explained.

This week, the Raleigh Police Department completed testing on the first kind of body camera and has moved on to testing cameras from a second vendor. Officers plan to try out at least one more different type of camera before a final decision is made.

The plan is for 600 Raleigh officers to get body cameras over the next three years.

“Shortly after the testing phase, we’ll then be able to decide which product we’ll go forward with, so the time is now,” Deck-Brown said.

Police in Durham are also planning to purchase body cameras soon. Chief C.J. Davis said they’ll begin rolling out body cameras as early as next month.

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