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Whiteville police now wearing body cameras

Updated: May. 1, 2019 at 12:45 PM EDT
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WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) - Beginning Wednesday, officers with the Whiteville Police Department will be wearing body worn cameras during their patrols.

According to a news release, the body cameras will be utilized by Whiteville police to “help contribute to officer safety, provide evidence for criminal prosecutions, assist in resolving citizen complaints and foster positive relationships within the community.”

“The privacy and safety of the Whiteville community will not in any way be compromised by the use of these cameras,” the release stated.

The body cameras will be assigned to all officers serving within the patrol division and to the agency’s school resource officers. The officers have been trained on the appropriate times to active the cameras, which will be worn directly on the officer’s uniform, in the center of their chest and in plain sight.

“When officers respond to incidents where a reasonable expectation of privacy exists, officers will be generally prohibited from activating their camera or continuing to record, unless circumstances dictate otherwise,” the release stated.

Whiteville police said they are committed to an atmosphere of transparency and trust and the cameras will provide increased accountability for officers and the community.

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