DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Police Department hopes to procure 800 cameras soon for officers to wear while interfacing with the public and crime suspects.
But they’re not a cure-all salve for police, the chief says.
“This is not the be-all to the answer in policing that is going to make every officer accountable or make every citizen happy, but I think it’s a very important tool,” Chief Robert White said.
Using the cameras, the department has already proved some complaints against officers are unfounded.
“I think the body cam to some degree will help clear up some of the controversy as it relates to the calls,” White said.
The cameras attach to a uniform lapel or to glasses worn by officers. The cameras are supposed to be turned on when police talk with members of the public or those suspected of a crime. The cameras are activated by a button on the officers’ belts.
“Like any new technology, there is a learning curve and getting used to it,” said Cmdr. Megan Dodge, who demonstrated the device on a pair of glasses on Wednesday.
The department has been testing the cameras in District 6, which covers the downtown area.
The cameras are being funded through a grant by a Taser company and will be studied by the University of Cambridge.