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Bullitt Co. department using police body cameras

BULLIT CO, Ky. (WKYT) - The deadly police shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked new concerns over the use of force.

In Kentucky, one police department is using technology to monitor its officers' actions.

Protesters in Ferguson still have questions about what happened.

Captain Mike Murdoch with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department says the answer to transparency between police and any community is body cameras.

"By not having those body cameras that was the unfortunate incident, is right now all that stuff going on," Murdoch says.

"It will definitely improve trust in the community," Wesley Whiting, a community member, says.

Officers in Bullitt County Public Schools are now mandated to have the cameras ready at all times, in the event of any dangerous confrontations. The cameras can record up to 14 hours.

"Now they have these to where they do take care of the whole school day," Murdoch says.

Captain Murdoch says there are a couple of examples of what can happen when officers start rolling.

"We received a call from the fire department on a person, a vehicle, and we get up there and the person jumps from the vehicle and attacks the officer for no reason at all," Murdoch says.

Because of the efficiency of the cameras, that cost more than $10,000, more are being ordered for the narcotics division.

"i'm really excited about these, they have taken our complaint level down to zero," Murdoch says. "Now 10-15 minutes time, I can have an officer cleared and back on the street and show that they did the right thing. Or if i have an officer doing wrong i'm not leaving them on the street and taking potential hazard of leaving them on the street."

The cameras were purchased in 2012.


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