By: Winnie Wright
August 5, 2014
Cameras that officers wear on their body can wirelessly download video from traffic stops and crime scenes.
Introducing the M-V-X 1000, the newest way Police Chief, Brian Childress, says his department is fighting crime in the digital age.
"This system will protect our officers and it will go hand in hand with the other projects were done to give our prosecutors better evidence to prosecute cases," said Brian Chidlress, City of Valdosta Chief of Police.
The camera has replaced older technology that required officers to sync their video with this device here at the Police Station. Now, they can upload video from various encounters remotely from their police cars.
So why use these portable cameras instead of the dash cams? Traffic Unit Supervisor, Sergeant Jeremyah Jones says not all incidents happen in front of police cars. Sometimes they are in homes, entertainment venues, or businesses.
"The camera is there for everybody's benefit, not just for the officer. Both sides can be seen. And if it came down to it, and it did need to be used as evidence, then it would be clear and a non-biased opinion of what happened," said Jeremyah Jones, Traffic Unit Supervisor.
Jones says the new video system is easier for officers because they don't have to be at the police station to upload video. It can easily feed in to the system from anywhere within a block or so from the police station. He says the M-V-X 1000 saves time and gives officers more opportunity to be on the roads.
Sergeant Jones also says officers aren't always in a safe environment. He says he gets peace of mind knowing every incident he could encounter will be recorded.
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