Pulaski officers will wear body cameras

PULASKI TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WKBN) – Police in Pulaski Township will have an extra set of eyes and ears with them on patrol next year.

Officers soon will be using body cameras while they are out on patrol. The technology is designed to help protect both the police and citizens.

“I have been watching other departments that have them. And they benefit the officer against false accusations of misconduct or perhaps misuse of force or excessive force,” Pulaski officer-in-charge Sgt. Chad Adams said.

The cameras already are in use in Goshen Township, where they have helped create a large drop in the number of complaints filed against the department. They started using the cameras in April.

“I don’t want to say that they have saved us, but they have dropped our complaints down, I would say, 80 percent,” Goshen Police Chief Steve McDaniels said. “It cuts down on the trivial complaints. Someone was rude. Someone said something they should not have. And at that point, we come back and review the tape.”

Officers do have to adjust to being recorded all the time as well.

“I think it would make the officer more professional, knowing that he is videoing his interactions with someone,” Adams said.

The cameras also help in collecting evidence from traffic crashes or crime scenes.

Pulaski Township will spend about $2,000 on the new cameras. They will be put on the roads next year.

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