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Del. Announces New Body Camera Pilot Program for Police

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Police officers wears body camera eyewear on the job. (Photo: WBOC) Police officers wears body camera eyewear on the job. (Photo: WBOC)

MILTON, Del.- Body cameras could be coming soon to a Delaware law enforcement agency near you.

The state announced a new program that's testing out body cameras with a few police agencies in the state. State officials with the Department of Homeland Security say they hope the program turns into something more permanent.

State, county and the Georgetown police departments will be the first agencies participating in the body camera pilot program.

There will be a trial run for about 30 to 45 days using 12 body cameras donated by independent companies.

Melissa Mayer and her son Kevin Delaney are homeless and live in their car.

She said she likes the idea citing the cameras as necessary in Delaware given the amount of run-ins unsheltered people can have with the law.

"I think it's a great idea. I think it protects us, it protects the police officers. If there's ever a question the answer is right there," Mayer said.

Delaney said the body cameras are needed for public safety.

"I think it's an excellent idea," said Delaney. "It's been a long time coming. There's been a theme of murder in this country, inside and outside of the law in general."

But Delaney sees the other side of the lens as well

"The last thing I want is robocops walking around enforcing the law by the letter of the law in black and white everywhere we go. They still need to do their jobs, they still need to be flexible," he said.

Homeland Security officials said the program will focus on policies, technical capabilities and storing footage using cloud-based technology.

Officials also said the body camera program is voluntary at this time, meaning local agencies can opt out of participating in the body cameras.

Homeland Security officials said that eventually they want to make body cameras mandatory for all law enforcement in Delaware. 

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