February 9, 2014
New Mesa police officers to try wearing cameras 24/7
A fresh batch of Mesa police recruits will be the first class of rookies to receive a new camera when they start patrolling the city, along with the usual gun, badge and handcuffs.
The latest technological tool in an evolution that began with the police radio decades ago, the department’s Axon camera program started as an experiment, with 50 officers receiving tiny cameras to be attached to their glasses, their hats or the lapel of uniform shirts.
“I think people are politer,” said Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead, a strong backer of technology in policing. “They know they are accountable for their actions; we are too.”
Although some officers worried the cameras might record some embarrassing moments, the opposite has been true during the trial, he said.
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