In Cape May County, police have been using body cameras on their officers for almost two years, and now, another local department will soon follow suit.
Every single day, police officers interact with countless civilians on the street, and in Wildwood Crest, they have an additional tool when out patrolling.
"The footage is amazing, it's crystal clear," explained Sergeant Ed Gorski of the Wildwood Police Department.
And it's all shot by a small camera worn on the shoulder of the Wildwood Crest Police Officers.
It's technology they've been using for about two years now, and say the cameras serve as an objective second set of eyes that records things as they're happening while on duty.
Sergeant Gorski told NBC40, "For evidence, it just helps with evidence. If someone says something happened, this officer did this or didn't do this, we pull the tape and like they say in sports, 'the tape doesn't lie.'"
Wildwood Crest Police Officials say the body cameras have been an invaluable resource to give a birds-eye-view perspective, and that in the months since they've been using them, they've provided sufficient evidence to assist in cases.
A county away, the Atlantic City Police Department has ordered body cameras, and officials there say they will soon be used in a pilot program.
The initiative comes after several allegations of police brutality, specifically involving several members of the K-9 department. Officials in Cape May County say having the cameras can clear up a lot of controversy.
Sergeant Gorski told NBC40, “A lot of times we get accused of doing things we should be doing, and not doing things we should be doing. But pretty much, it's as simple as, ‘Let's take a look at the tape and see what happened and how it went down.’”
Cape May County officials say they were some of the first in the entire tri-state area to use these types of body cameras and hope that more departments in South Jersey follow suit.
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