Law
4:41 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Greensboro Police Officers: 'Smile You're On Candid Camera'

Greensboro Police Officers patrolling the city will soon wear video cameras to help capture evidence and for their own self protection.

The small video camera is made to attach to sunglasses.
Credit Taser.com

The Greensboro Police Department will begin wearing small $1,100 video cameras next month in an effort to improve public trust, give officers peace of mind and capture evidence. The 125 new cameras were paid for with federal stimulus money.  

Each camera is about three inches long and as thick as a pen. They are built to replicate the human eye and should  record events the same way an officer would see them.

Every 30 seconds the camera erases the footage, unless an officer hits record. Officer Ryan Todd says getting patrol officers in the habit of hitting record will take some time.

“The camera also does a great job of collecting evidence,” Todd said. “Say for example you're chasing a bad guy in a car chase and he's throwing things out the car, drugs or guns, you can go back and review the evidence. I can do it on scene, right after you're safe enough to do that.”

Todd believes that Greensboro is the first department in the state to use the cameras on a large scale.