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Charlotte Police Officers Get Digital Facelift

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police (CMPD) officers may soon have body cameras while on the job.

On Monday night, Charlotte City Council approved $250,000 to begin equipping officers.


HERE’S HOW THE CAMERAS LOOK NOW – LIKE A LIPSTICK AND SUNGLASS COMBO


Archith Seshadri shows us what they look like:

CMPD CURRENT CAMERAS DEMO


DASH CAM CAMERA LIMITATIONS

Right now, only motorcycle officers use them, while the rest of the officers use dash cam video, but with aging technology, the dash cam videos cannot capture good video.

The dash cam videos cannot move and can only capture videos near the patrol car.

While they are good for traffic stops, they are limited to just the street.


WHY BODY CAMERAS?


Major Steve Willis with CMPD explains how the cameras are useful:

CMPD WHY CAMERAS CAN HELP YOU AND THE OFFICER


PORTABLE CAMERAS


There is a current bid process and CMPD will choose one of the vendors to get the cameras.

With around a dozen divisions, and nearly 80 officers per zone, there’s not enough money in the budget for every officer to get a portable camera, but they are looking at the possibility of sharing cameras between different shifts.

They hope once the bids come back at least officers in 2 divisions will be able to wear the body cameras.

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CMPD officers says each officer who has a camera is expected to wear them. They can turn them off or on but there could be repercussions:

CMPD CAMERAS DELETE


IS THIS LIKE BIG BROTHER? HOW WILL IT IMPACT YOU?


While some people say the cameras can feel like 'big brother,'  police say it protects you and the officer because every conversation is recorded.

CMPD KEEPING UP WITH TECHNOLOGY

ONLINE CHATTER ON CMPD CAMERAS

Some people are questioning how CMPD may use this new technology. Here's part of a twitter conversation from My FOX Carolinas twitter followers:




WHAT’S NEXT

Police staff will have to return to city council to approve the contracts at a future date. Police hope the bid process will be done by July so CMPD officers could have the body before the end of 2014.
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