KHQ.COM - The Liberty Lake Police Department is the latest local law enforcement agency to try out body cameras on some of their staff. The department is going through a pilot project and soon they will make a decision if they'll keep the cameras for good.
The cameras record audio and video and capture evidence, arrests, investigative interviews and they can also be helpful in cop complaints. "We're going to be accountable to the public we're serving and what better way to show them we're accountable then for us to be on audio and video when were making those contacts in the public," Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus said.
In the short time they've used the cameras they've already had to pass them onto the court. "We've already had a couple instances where we had to make copies of the video for court cases and DUI arrests, and we haven't had any issues at all,"Asmus said.
Asmus said they got the idea from the Airway Heights Police Department who has been using the body cameras for a while now. He said they considered car cameras, but they ended up thinking more about body cameras because they can go anywhere the officer goes.