Coeur d’Alene police enlist new body cameras

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 12 at 6:47 PM

COEUR D’ALENE-- The Coeur d'Alene Police Department has strapped on body mounted video cameras onto every patrol officer.
   
Officer Josh Sterling has been with the Coeur d'Alene Police Department for one year. 

Sterling turns on his body mounted video camera every time he pulls someone over or responds to a call.

Sterling is one of 40 Coeur d'Alene Patrol Officers now equipped with a third eye. The camera records the job from their perspective.

Sterling said he has seen it change the way people act towards him. “It has changed some of their attitude.  Once they know they are being recorded, they kind of have a different view on the way they are going to talk and things like that.”

At the end of every shift, officers wearing the body cameras, download the video and audio from the day’s shift. 

The 40 cameras cost the Couer d’Alene department about $36,000.

The Spokane Police Department testing out 4 models.
 

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