High definition body cameras to help Spokane Police Department

By using cameras that capture better footage, authorities say they could potentially wrap-up criminal investigations faster. KREM 2's Ryan Simms has the story. (10/7/16)

SPOKANE, Wash. --- A major technology upgrade could help investigators solve crimes faster.

Body cameras have captured all the highs and lows of police work in Spokane.

This past Summer, every single body camera was replaced with high definition cameras.

Police said it is a win-win.

By using cameras that capture better footage, authorities said they could potentially wrap-up criminal investigations faster.

The entire system began operating in back in January.

The Spokane Police Department currently has 230 cameras.

"You have to upgrade eventually sometime, it is like a cell phone, they only have a one year warranty,” said Ryan Snider, Spokane Police Officer.

The Spokane Police Department currently has 230 cameras.

The cameras will capture better footage; authorities said they could potentially wrap-up criminal investigations faster.

The camera manufacturer offered to upgrade the current body cameras for free.

This saves taxpayers and the Spokane Police Department upwards of a quarter million dollars.
 
"To get the new one with all the bells and whistles, it is like a Cadillac versus a Yugo,” said Snider.



The high definition cameras make footage clearer, compared to the older cameras that produced grainer images.

This means there is more potential for better transparency on the part of the Spokane Police Department.

The cameras will hopefully help solve crimes in Spokane faster.

(© 2016 KREM)


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