Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:
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RICHLAND HILLS (CBS 11 NEWS) - Just like a badge and a gun, standard equipment for police in Richland Hills now includes a camera. Patrol officers started wearing the body cameras last week, as an extension to cameras already in patrol cars.
About the same size as a pager, the black cameras can be clipped on a uniform pocket or lapel. Sliding open a small door on the front reveals a lens and automatically starts recording video and sound. Whenever officers leave the view of their patrol car cameras and audio, the body camera takes over.
“If we go search a house, or we’re interviewing a suspect or a witness, then we have a camera audio video with us at all times,” said officer Sheena Parsons.
The department, which has cameras in all its patrol vehicles, had been considering personal cameras for some time, Parsons…
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