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Salisbury Police Install Nine New Patrol Car Cams

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SALISBURY, Md.- Keeping you safe through the eyes of a police car. New cameras have been added to some police cars in Salisbury.

Sgt. Scott Elliott of the Salisbury Police Department said that nine cars, including a K-9 and an unmarked patrol vehicle, are now equipped with small but powerful cameras.

The cameras are mounted inside of the windshield which also comes equipped with a speaker so that it can record any sound during traffic stops.

"There is an auto zoom function on the camera so as you are making your traffic stop it will actually zoom the camera in that will capture the license plate of the car you are pulling over," said Elliott.

Elliott said that it's been about eight years since the department even had cameras in their patrol cars. He said the department images captured and recorded into a squad laptop will help keep everyone safe.

"I don't think it made it difficult not having them," Elliott said, "the testimony of the officers has been doing a good job thus far, however having this added piece to it just makes the case that much more concrete."

Elliot said that the camera will not only keep a constant eye on what's happening during the day it will serve an even more useful purpose when night falls. 

"If you're searching for a suspect in the area or someone that fled from you then in a low light situation the infrared camera will actually pick up body heat," he said.

Elliott said, the entire system including hardware and installation cost about $65,000. He said that money comes from various grants including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"It's truly there for the safety of the public and for us to have the evidentiary value of our traffic stops to ensure the convictions when those incidents get to court as well as the training purposes of our officers," he said.

There are plans to have all patrol cars including any new incoming cars be equipped with the cameras.

 

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