The Wilmington Police Department‘s body cameras are now on the street assisting officers on patrol.
A body worn camera is a small lightweight device that can be clipped to an officer's uniform. With a simple swipe of the cover, the camera begins recording. The WPD body cameras record clear picture and audio and assist officer's in capturing their encounters.
WPD's downtown task force is equipped with the cameras while patrolling on bike, foot or Segway. According to officer's it's been a useful tool in clearing up any discrepancies between a suspect and an officer.
"It's a good tool to have because it can defend you if someone makes a claim against you," Corporal Myron Irving said.
Irving also uses it to watch himself and critique how he responds to activity on the street. His goal is to build rapport with the community and keep the downtown community safe and secure.
Like a bulletproof vest, officers said the body camera is an extra layer of protection always displaying the truth of a police encounter.
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