August 18, 2013

Scottsdale arming officers with body cameras

The Scottsdale Police Department is starting to implement a new on-the-body video camera into its standard protocol for officers.

About two months ago, the department purchased 10 Axon Flex body cameras and equipped police officers throughout the downtown Scottsdale area with them. Officers can wear them on their hats, glasses or collars and it gives them the option to record any and all incidents throughout their shifts, said Sgt. Mark Clark of the Scottsdale Police Department.

“There have been studies that have found that when officers are using cameras to videotape contacts, that both the officer’s behavior and the person’s they’re contacting behavior is better because they know they are on camera,” Clark said.

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