Powell Helps Lubbock Police Pay for Body Cameras

Published 02/10 2014 03:33PM

Updated 02/10 2014 06:30PM

LUBBOCK, TX -- Lubbock Police Chief Roger Ellis and District Attorney Matt Powell publicly unveiled new body cameras for the LPD Monday afternoon. LPD already had 12 such cameras for officers assigned to motorcycle patrols. Monday’s announcement increases that number by 70.

“It’s going to help our criminal justice system as a whole,” said Ellis. “It’s going to help prosecuting cases.”

The cameras are worn by officers on their chests – close to their bodies.

“It’s going to be from the officer’s viewpoint - what’s going on in front of that officer as he’s investigating incidents.” Ellis said. “That information is going to be very helpful to a jury.”

The cost was more than $58,000. Powell’s office successfully initiated the process of getting a state grant to cover the cost.

“We’re pleased to do it,” Powell said. “We think it will make law-enforcement better in Lubbock and that's saying something because they already do a great job.”

Powell also said, “The picture quality is unreal. It’s HD quality. Anytime [officers] have an interaction with a citizen or with an accused person we are going to have that video.”

Powell also said it protects officers from false allegations of abuse.

Ellis said, “I think it speaks volumes to the teamwork we have between our agencies.”

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