WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department is testing upgrades to two body cameras. If funding allows, they hope to add more to their department as a way to increase surveillance as they patrol the streets.
"The truth is the truth, and you can't change that," said Captain Jim Varrone, "It will always capture the truth."
The body cameras help to capture crime, confessions, and any evidence that will assist in prosecution in a court of law.
"The more avenues we have to obtain evidence and better evidence, the better chance we have to secure a conviction and keep the bad guy locked," explained Varrone. "And that's really what it's about. That's what we're hear for."
The WPD explained body cameras are also used for transparency so they can be open and honest about what they do while on patrol. The cameras also help to clear up any discrepancies between officers and citizens.
"Law enforcement can't do the job without the trust of the community. We don't have the trust, we can't go forward," Varrone expressed.
Currently the WPD has 35 body cameras in the field with officers.
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