Salt Lake Valley police departments soon to arm their officers with video cameras

Salt Lake Valley police departments soon to arm their officers with video cameras

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Salt Lake Valley police departments will soon have a new tool in the fight against crime. Eight agencies, including the Salt Lake City Police Department are looking into arming their officers with cameras.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Salt Lake Valley police departments will soon have a new tool in the fight against crime. Eight agencies, including the Salt Lake City Police Department are looking into arming their officers with cameras.         

SLCPD says the cameras will boost officer credibility and cut down on criminal investigations. Since the videos are achieved and saved for years they can be used in court cases and actually speed up investigations.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank, "The value to police work, the ability to actually make us more professional, more effective in the way we do business, being able to capture more information on a regular business."

The cameras will be directly on the officer, likely on a pair of glasses, a hat or a shirt, allowing the officers to have a visual record of everything they do and see.

The agencies want to start off with 15 cameras a piece, but would eventually want all officers to be armed with video cameras. Each camera cost about $1,000. SLCPD hopes to have them on their officers in the next couple of months.

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