BRPD officers start wearing body cameras

BRPD officers start wearing body cameras

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department started wearing body cameras Tuesday.

Cpl. Larry Walters stopped by Webb's Barbershop on Eddie Robinson Drive to show people what the body camera will look like and to answer questions.

For now, the cameras are being tested on only 100 officers in First District. Not only does the body camera document every time an officer deals with a person, it also improves the view.

"We have actual audio prior to this with the video camera in the cars," Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said. "Now, when officers get out of the car on side of the vehicle or behind the vehicle, we didn't have audio/video of cameras that are placed on officers. So, we believe it's a positive thing not only for us, but it's a positive thing for the community."

McKneely added the pilot program serves as a test of the company the city will use when the body cams are on every officer. Officials will also use the time to answer all questions, too.

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