The Pocomoke City Police Department now has its officers equipped with Tasers and small cameras that record audio and video. (Photo: WBOC)
POCOMOKE CITY, Md.-The Pocomoke City Police Department now has its officers equipped with Tasers and small cameras that record audio and video.
Police Chief Kelvin Sewell said he hopes the Tasers deter both officers and criminals from using guns. He said the small cameras will be worn everywhere and used for all interaction with the public. They can also be used internally.
"If the officer is involved in an internal situation, we can use the camera to rebut any statements that are given to us by people who make it against the officer," Sewell said.
According to the chief, the cameras are downloaded to a computer at the station once a month and saved for five years.
Because Maryland is a two-party state, officers will have to let citizens know they are being recorded.
These new cameras were bought by the "Local Government Insurance Trust." LGIT is a nonprofit insurance provider to Maryland's local governments. The Pocomoke City Police Department is one of four police departments in Maryland- and the only one on the Eastern Shore- to get the body cameras.
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