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Clinton Police purchase new body cameras

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
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CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

If you get pulled over by Clinton police in the near future, smile because you may be on camera.

The Clinton Police Department is purchasing 40 body worn cameras made by a company called Utility. The cameras will be integrated into the officers uniform, unlike the ones they've been using for the past two years.

"These cameras will allow us to GPS their vehicles," said Chief Ford Hayman. "GPS them once they're on foot. In the event something tragic would happen, we can keep us with our guys and know where they are."

It's a major purchase for the city, costing $262,000

"It's going to help us do our job better," said Hayman. "It's going to help us capture the footage and interactions between us and the public so that we can build trust and build transparency in our community," 

The cameras record everything the officers see and the video is saved on a cloud-based server.  The cameras can also be monitored in real time.

The cameras will record the public and the officers actions - putting the accountability of the department in the spotlight.  

They also have safety features for the officers, alerting dispatch if they detect the officer is in danger or in a foot pursuit.

"We're going to stand behind the footage, whether it's good or bad," Hayman added. "Whatever we do, right or wrong, we're going to stand behind the footage and I think overall that's going to help to show the community that a we're trustworthy, you can trust us and we're very transparent."

The cameras will hit the street is about 45 days.

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