LRPD previews body cameras

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- THV11 has a first look into the new body cameras coming to the Little Rock Police Department.

The cameras are part of a trial period that starts this Friday. Officers will be testing the latest technology that's already in place in departments across the country.

Captain Alice Fulk has worked for the department for 23 years. Fulk explained with the tension with police across some cities in the country, the body cameras would be a positive addition to their gear. "The community is crying out that they want the body cameras," said Fulk. "At the same time, I think the body cameras can not only protect citizens, but protect the officers as well."

Seven officers will be trying out the cameras. Officer Alvin Jackson will be one of the officers testing out the gadget.

While recounting a situation where he caught a man breaking into a church in a southern part of downtown Little Rock, he said if things had turned violent, the body camera would have been useful. "The story could have been accurately told because there's a video."

The camera, the size of half of a ball-point pen, can be attached to more than 10 different devices. It can be hung around the neck, attached to a pair of glasses, and a belt to name a few. The video recorded can be replayed on a cell phone via Bluetooth.

Captain Fulk explained that the body cameras were a look into what the future of law enforcement looks like. The department will be trying out several different brands of body cameras, and each trial will last about a month. Fulk says after that they'll make their recommendations to the chief of police.

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