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Modesto Police to Carry Body Cameras

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, June 29, 2012
In 2010, Modesto police counted 43 citizen complaints against its officers. Only 3 proved to be true.Now all patrol officers will wear small cameras on their shirts.
Modesto police Lt. Rick Armendariz says the cameras will provide a video record of every encounter.
"If a citizen comes in and makes a complaint regarding an officer's rudeness and if it's captured, our agency will be able to address that quicker," he says.
Armendariz adds that the camera recordings can also be used as evidence in criminal trials.
"It's another thing when you are able to show a video and have a jury see it firsthand, in essence, taking the jury to the scene."
Armendariz says Modesto and Bay Area Rapid Transit police will be the first 2 agencies in Northern California to start using the cameras by mid-July.
"This is definitely the trend of the future," adds Armendariz.
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