Police official renew body cam systems

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — In 2017, a body camera system for all police officers was put in place, Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish says it is now being renewed for another five years.

“As of June 1st, 2020 we had captured 624, 437 videos storing an estimated 113.7 terabytes of information,” said Chief of Police, Steve Parrish. “So every encounter that police have is documented.”

According to Parrish, the initial contract for a body camera system was for three years but they are now renewing it for five more because they believe this is one of the most effective systems to capture police encounters.

Mayor of Dothan, Mark Saliba weighed in on this decision as well.

“So we’re not one of only the fewer cities that do it but one of the ones who decided to invest in it in a larger way,” Saliba said.

He says the cost estimates up to over $1 million over the next five years.

The camera also picks up on more sensory details, officers not even having to turn the cameras on because it will pick up their motion such as falling or if an officer removes his weapon from his holster.

In addition, complaints on officers have gone down in a result of the cameras.

Parrish believes this will strengthen the ties between citizens and the police.

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