Body cameras for police good for public, police

Body cameras for law enforcement make good sense.

In today’s world, where often law enforcement officers find themselves in tough situations, a body camera can offer insight later to what actually happened.

Body cameras are good for officers, as they are recorded truth of what happened at the scene of an incident.

Body cameras are good for the public, because they offer transparency of events from every officer who wears one.

This week, officers of the Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Department were each issued their own body camera to wear while on duty. Money for their purchase came from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Sheriff Joe Brewbaker said he thought the cameras would be good for everyone.

“It will provide transparency with any interaction with people and that can benefit us during court cases and to make sure there is no mistake about what actually happened or was said,” Brewbaker said in a news story Thursday. “It will also help prevent officers from being falsely accused, because all we have to do is go back and look at the footage.”

We like the concept, and applaud the Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Department for implementing the equipment.



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