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Oxford PD to upgrade body camera system

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Oxford Police Department is getting some new adjustments to their body camera system.

Oxford PD started using body cameras in 2014. Officers said the cameras are important not only to protect the public, but also their officers.

"These cameras aren't cheap,” Major Sheridan Maiden said. “They come with a price tag."

Maiden said in the short time they have been in use, they have seen the cameras are worth the price. Now, they are due for an upgrade.

"[They] help us address training issues,” Maiden said. “Officers have a chance to see what they’re doing and need help doing. At the same time, it allows us to see how our officers interact with the public.”

Officers are told to turn the cameras on every time they interact with a citizen. The cameras are worn on the front of their shirts.

The new cameras also connect with the ones in their cars.

The video will now be directly put into the video server for supervisors to watch. Before, officers had to put the video in themselves.

This will get rid of the question of the film being changed and ensures the officers’ protection.

"At the end of their shift, they put it back on the docking station to download the video," Maiden said.

This ensures that officers are protecting the public as well. By doing this, supervisors said they watch all of the video that is collected every single day.

The cameras come with a price tag of $500 each. The total cost to the department will be around $20,000.

"How expensive it’s going to be for the department depends on what they plan on using it for,” Maiden said.

Major Maiden admits an upgrade like this wouldn’t be easy for a larger department. The Memphis Police Department has been trying to get their cameras but have had issues with the equipment and the amount of data that could be stored, which slowed up the process.

Maiden hopes to get more of the cameras soon so all of their officers can wear one of the new cameras in the future.

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