Body camera renewal on agenda for Dothan City Commission

Published: Jul. 6, 2020 at 5:54 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Body cameras; the past and present of law enforcement.

After receiving a grant for this technology in 2017, the cameras have been an important factor to the every day jobs of the Dothan police department.

“The officer doesn’t have to manually turn the camera on and think about that as he is getting ready to respond to a incident. so it takes one step away from the officer and also provides a level of security in the documentation of the evidence,” says Chief Steven Parrish, Dothan Police Department

Now their 2 year grant with the city is up for renewal. This will allow for a much needed upgrade.

“It’s unlimited storage it’s hardware upgrades it’s things that allow the officer not to to download the video when he gets to his car it streams live to the car and goes directly to the cloud,” Parrish said.

After a public survey in the beginning they found the public was just as supportive as the officers themselves, now the public is also benefiting from them.

“The body cameras have been really instrumental in helping us I think complaints have gone down whether or not that’s the officer might know he is being recorded or maybe the citizens knows he is being recorded I can’t say what II think or what i want to say it offers a checks and balances of sort,” says Parrish.

The renewal will be for five years costing the city just over $1.3 million. City Commission will vote on the renewal during Tuesday, July 7th meeting.

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