Instead of being mounted in police cruisers, these cameras are mounted on glasses worn by officers, proving an eye-level view of their interaction with the public.
"What better way to document the entire event than an officer [wearing] a camera that sees what the officer sees?" Chief Chris Burbank with the Salt Lake City Police said.
If Chief Burbank gets his way, these tiny, weightless cameras will soon be on every police officer around the state.
"If Salt Lake City goes this direction, if any agency goes this direction, the expectation is going to be in my mind, that everyone move in this direction," Chief Burbank said.
Burbank says body cameras will document officers' actions as they perform patrols, investigate crime scenes and serve search warrants. With the camera mounted at eye level, the recording will provide an accurate, real-time record of what happened.
"This is mounted with your eyes, it turns and looks," Burbank said.
He says not every officer likes the idea, but these days, officers are already being recorded by cellphones and laptops, and it's better to have their own proof of what happens on the street.
"This is going to demonstrate the things were doing good. Sometimes it's going to catch us doing things improperly but for the most part it is going to show we do an outstanding job," Burbank said.
The cameras cost about $1,000 a piece, plus the cost of storing the footage, so it is going to take time to get them to all the officers. However, some motorcycle officers in Salt Lake City are already wearing them.
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