|Updated: 10/01/2012 10:23 pm
||Published: 10/01/2012 6:54 pm
Monday night, the Little Rock Board of Directors voted to buy 150 new in-car camera systems for the LRPD.
A 2010 Justice Assistance Grant will pay for the first 25 cameras covering the $157,000 price tag. The cameras will help officers fight crime and keep you safe.
The LRPD will equip its new squad cars with high definition cameras. They will offer a clearer picture than the old cameras in the old cars.
“One of the other things that excited us about the new cameras is the range between the camera and the body mic and the car. In the past, we’ve had some problems with the mic going out or there being some sort of interference between the camera and the body mic or the ability to record,” says Little Rock Police Sgt. Cassandra Davis.
The majority of the old cars already have cameras, and Sgt. Davis tells FOX16 that they usually start recording when the blue lights come on or the officer opens the door. Having the video allows officers to get feedback from their supervisors.
“We can look at the pursuit and see what was done right and what was done wrong, as far as what we need to change. If we have a problem with a suit or a complaint, we can always refer to the video to see, to support any allegations that an individual might have against the officer,” explains Davis.
The City will buy the rest of the cameras as soon as it has the money.
Sgt. Davis tells FOX16 that officers will need some training, but it won’t be extensive. They just need to know how to turn the cameras on and off and how to record.