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Published on Jan 28, 2015
Johnston police officers now have body-worn cameras on their uniforms to document interactions between officers and the public. Police Chief Bill Vaughn began researching the cameras in 2013 and determined they would be beneficial for several reasons. Vaughn says the cameras become an unbiased witness to events, they promote transparency, and they raise the bar for public behavior and police officer performance. In cities where officers are already wearing the cameras, studies show a reduction in complaints and use-of-force issues.
"It's not that we have a lot of complaints here in the community, because we have very fine officers who do a great job already, but it's something that the entire law enforcement community is moving toward and locally we are at the leading edge of that," Chief Vaughn said. Videos created by the body worn cameras will be downloaded into the police department's video system by placing the camera into a docking station at the end of each shift.