Mt. Juliet Police Department tests body-mounted cameras - WKRN News 2

Mt. Juliet Police Department tests body-mounted cameras

Posted: Updated: Apr 21, 2014 09:54 AM
Mt. Juliet Police Department is testing a body-mounted camera to determine if it would be a good fit for its officers. Mt. Juliet Police Department is testing a body-mounted camera to determine if it would be a good fit for its officers.
MT. JULIET, Tenn. -

The Mt. Juliet Police Department could soon add new technology to its arsenal.

The department is testing a body-mounted camera to determine if it would be a good fit for its officers.

Currently, police only has the capability of recording video from the dash-mounted cameras in patrol cars.

Dash cams only offer a limited view of officers' interactions while on the job.

"With a police car parked on the street, the officer leaves that car and goes into a home, goes into the woods, goes away from the car, you lose that video evidence," said Sgt. Tyler Chandler with the Mt. Juliet Police Department.

A body-mounted camera, however, keeps rolling even after the officer leaves the view of a dash-cam.

"He's still got that good video evidence that's so important to keeping the officer safe," Sgt. Chandler said, "but also ensuring that there's a level of accountability there between the officer and whoever he may be dealing with."

The cameras cost about $300 each. Additional software and server space would add to the cost of the technology. The department would pay $30,000 to start using the equipment. The next year, a $10,000 recurring cost would follow.

MJPD plans to test the device through the summer to determine whether it's a good investment. 

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department already uses a similar type of body-mounted cameras.

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