Oxford County deputies to be given wearable cameras
by Peter McGuire, Staff Writer Sun Journal Feb. 19, 2014
If you happen to get pulled over by a sheriff's deputy in Oxford County in the near future, there's a good chance your conversation will be video-recorded and stored, if not for posterity, then at least for department records.
That's because the Oxford County Sheriff's Office has begun equipping its personnel with wearable digital cameras so they can record, from a first-person perspective, their interactions with drivers they pull over, suspects they interview, or crime scenes they investigate.
According to Chief Deputy Hart Daley, the department recently purchased 12 "cop vu" cameras with money from a federal Justice Assistance Grant. The cameras cost about $900 apiece, he said.
"It's going to be invaluable for criminal prosecution, investigative purposes and liability concerns for the county," Daley told Oxford County commissioners Tuesday.
The cameras, about the size and shape of a small cellphone, have a heavy-duty alligator clip that can be attached to the front of a deputy's uniform. Sliding a protective slip down away from the lens turns the camera and microphone on.
Daley said the camera's memory can hold about four hours of footage, and the password-protected content can be uploaded directly onto a department laptop through a USB cable.
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