COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- Patrol officers in Coeur d’Alene will soon start wearing body cameras.
The equipment, called “point of view” cameras, record what an officer witnesses first-hand.
Coeur d’Alene Police studied the cameras for the past two years, and tried out different types. They finally selected the Vievi model, which cost $875.00 each, for an investment total of $36,500.
The Police Department has been using dash cameras in their patrol cars since the 1990’s. Video from the dash cams is often used as evidence. Officials decided they needed more coverage because there are times that an officer is not directly in front of their vehicle and not able to record an incident.
In a statement, Chief Wayne Longo said the Department now has the ability to review officer contacts with citizens that result in citizen complaints and either address those concerns when valid or protect against false accusations.