Janesville Police invest in "body cams"

By: Michael Stevens Email
By: Michael Stevens Email

Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 --- 7:30 p.m.

You're probably familiar with "dash cams" inside police cars. But how about "body cams?"

Here's how it works. Officers show up to work, clip it on their sunglasses, or collar, and they hit record anytime they're on a call.

Officer Rod Hirsch, has his mounted to his sunglasses.

"You're seeing everything that I'm seeing when the cameras on," said Hirsch.

Its become part of his uniform, and a new technology for Janesville PD.

Lieutenant Tim Hiers, is in charge of rolling out the 36 new cameras.

"The primary reason we have the body cameras is basically for evidence," said Lt. Hiers.

He says, the nearly $20,000 dollar investment is a good one, and helps in any situation.

"I can instantly just look at my phone. I can play it while I'm in the squad. When I'm pulling over to dictate my reports," said Hirsch.

Recording 120 degree angles, with sound, and at night. Lt. Hiers says, it's new to them, and something they plan on keeping for a while.

Officers say, video evidence will also help in court. The recording can show any actions police make on the job, and can help if a lawsuit is ever filed.

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