CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) A bill advanced on Capital Hill to unify minimum standards on police body cameras Monday.
Cedar City is the latest community to invest in around 40 of the devices.
“I think they’re a great tool to accurately document the things that we encounter on the street,” Sgt. Jimmy Rodan said, Cedar City Police Department.
A $23,000 grant from the state liquor tax fund is paying for the cameras in Cedar City. Besides the legal documentation, Sgt. Rodan, says there are other advantages.
“We have a great relationship with the residents of Cedar City. But if there is something we can do, another tool we can add to increase that trust or show the good work our officers are doing everyday, that is something we definitely want to do,” Rodan said.
The body cameras integrate with the system in police vehicles, and they have enough memory to record an eight hour shift.
But people who spoke to ABC4 Utah have mixed feelings.
“Officers need more reassurance and in the event that something happens, it’s hard for the officers to prove anymore that they’re innocent,” Kimberly Gledhill said, in favor of the body cameras.
“I think it’s an invasion of privacy first off. I think if they do get them, they should let people know that they are being video taped,” Scott Masterson said.
The Cedar City Police Department is working to come up with a policy for the new body cameras.
They hope to have them out on the street by March 1.