La Vista, Bellevue PD Test Lapel Cameras
Small pager like cameras capture officer's viewPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE- County Attorney Don Kleine said today the more documentation, the more video-tape evidence, the better for all sides. He says especially when it comes to cases like the 33rd and Seward case, where two officers were criminally charged on Monday.
Many communities see citizens recording police as a growing trend. In Sarpy County, two police agencies are testing small cameras to help them record incidents from an officer's point of view too.
The cameras, from a company called VieVu, resemble a pager, and can record up to four hours of video.
La Vista police began testing a camera Monday. Bellevue police have been testing them for almost a year.
"All of our cruisers have in car video available, so we already have that," Sgt. Ray Harrod said. "For our use, but our plan is to implement a personal style camera to use. On our face to face contacts when our in car cameras are not accessible or out of range or just, this picture is not available," he said.
Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov says it helps all sides too, especially when it comes to court.
"It's certainly going to help our determination in cases. One-to determine if there is an appropriate action that should be filed. And two-to be able to present the more accurate evidence to the court," he said.
Polikov and Harrod both think that it's only a matter of time before cameras are rolling, on both sides of the law, from traffic stops to stand offs.
"We're not seeing it a lot in La Vista right now, but it will happen," Harrod said.