Laurel Police to Wear Cameras

Friday, Feb 15, 2013  |  Updated 8:28 AM EDT
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Laurel police will have more than just their own eyes, ears and notepads to aid in cimes-solving soon - police officers will begin wearing cameras that will record the officers every move in investigations.

The department will  be the largest in the D.C. area to wear body-mounted cameras, News4's Jackie Bensen reported.

The cameras feed back video to supervisors and can't be edited in any way by the officers. It can be used as evidence in court.

Beyond the video's value to investigations, Laurel authorities said the video will protect both police officers and citizens when there is a dispute about how a police investigation was handled.

"When there are disputes, it's on tape," said Mayor Craig A. Moe. "It will protect our community as well as our police officers."

The police will begin wearing the cameras in about a week, Bensen reported.

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