Press Release - Marshall Police Issues Body Cams
Officer Kellie Sawyer with new body camera
Marshall Police Issue Body Cams to Officers
Marshall Police Chief Jesus Eddie Campa announced this week that the Marshall Police
Department has ordered and received 37 body cams for its officers. MPD purchased the
cameras through grant assistance. “We bought seven with a grant after we tested and
evaluated the equipment,” Chief Campa said, “and the rest we purchased with cost
savings from our budget.” Chief Campa also stated, “The first cameras arrived in early
September and the last order arrived during the end of December.”
The body cameras, which are worn as part of the officers' uniforms, can store up to nine
hours of straight recording and have a 14 hr stand by battery life. Once video is recorded,
it will be the Marshall Police Department policy that footage will be kept for 91 days.
“The cameras are there to provide protection, to both the officers and citizens, by
allowing for better documentation of any police encounter,” Chief Campa said. At a
time, when protests over the recent deaths of two unarmed men, the new technology
offers police officers an option of resolving questions in the conduct of police officers.
According to Chief Campa, other police departments nationwide are implementing the
use of the body cams following the August death of Michael Brown in Ferguson,
Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York.
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