Caught on tape.
Police in Cheverly, Md. are now recording every interaction they have with the public. And they're not using cameras mounted to the patrol cars.
Police Chief Buddy Robshaw purchased eight body cams that are now strapped to the officer's uniforms. They go everywhere the officers go.
The body cam has been a godsend for Traffic Enforcement Officer Francis Webb.
"I let the people I pull over know they're being recorded audibly and visibly," Webb says. "Their demeanor changes right away."
The new body cams cost about $900 each. Dash cams cost twice that much.
"The biggest reason we purchased them is that they go everywhere the officers go," says Chief Robshaw. "They're not tethered to the car like you would during traffic stops, for example. If the officer needs to get out during a stop, or go inside a home during a domestic, the camera goes too, and sees and hears everything the officer does."
Supervisors routinely go over the video captured, and so do the officers. It's made them much more aware of what they say to the public since it's all being recorded.
"The biggest complaint we get is how officers talk to people," says Chief Robshaw. "That's less likely to happen now. This has been a valuable training tool for us."
Besides the Cheverly Police Department, New Carrollton Police are also using the body cams. Video from one camera has already cleared one officer there, who was accused of making an ethnic slur while dealing with a citizen. They checked the tape and it didn't happen.
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