Kingston police aim for new body cameras

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KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A local police department is working to get body cameras for officers to wear on the job, Eyewitness News shows you how they’ll benefit both the public and police.

Kingston Police Department is working to get body cameras that each officer would have to wear when on the job and many residents are on board with the idea.

“I think it’s great,” said Nick Volpetti of Pittston.

“I do too. It’s the latest way to go and I think that’s the safest thing to do for the community,” said Colleen Volpetti of Pittston.

“I spoke to a lot of guys in the department and body cams are something most of the guys want. They think it is going to protect them from more than anything, allegations or from someone taking a video of an incident that isn’t the whole incident, it’s only half of the incident. This way the body cams will tape the whole incident and you’ll be able to see what really happened,” said Kingston Police Department Chief Richard Kotchik.

Having video and audio of what happens benefits both the public and police.

“As how it is for the officer on the street, I think it’s great for the officer on the street because it tells the truth, it tells exactly what’s there. It’s also difficult because there is a human element to law enforcement and life in general. So to go to work every day, even when you’re not dealing with the general public, knowing there’s something recording you all of the time is not something that’s easy to deal with,” Kingston Police Department Detective Stephen Gibson.

Several cars are already equipped with these dash cams, but they only show what’s going in front of the car, and in the backseat, dashcams were the first step in getting officers used to being filmed on the job.

Kingston police say they’ve already put the footage to use and have used it as evidence in court, the idea is also to enhance public trust.

For more information on how body cameras work, you can head here.

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