Consider This: Body Camera Controversy - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Consider This: Body Camera Controversy

The Surfside Beach Police Department just approved using body cameras for all police officers. It follows Myrtle Beach Police who already have some in use.

Police departments across the country are ordering them at such a rate that they are on back order and manufacturers cannot even give delivery dates.

Consider This: There is no doubt that body cameras are a great tool.

But what happens when the officer “forgets” to turn on the camera or even worse…turns off the camera so the incidents and or confrontations are not recorded?

I hope each police department implements strong policies for the use of body cameras...however…there also must be a strong punishment for any officer when that policy is not followed.

Otherwise the new technology and the taxpayer expense will do nothing to protect our community and our citizens.

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