Moore Police try out body cameras

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MOORE, Okla. -- Seeing crimes from an officer's point of view is something that civilians don't usually get to see.

The City of Moore is now testing body cameras. The cameras would be worn on the officers' shirt to capture crucial evidence.

The equipment not only contains a camera, but they also have a microphone and night vision.

The Moore Police Department just bought 18 pieces of the equipment for $31,000.

"This will record a different perspective other than our in-car cameras and just the officer or the person's word. This will get a first person view of the actual incident," Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, with Moore Police, said.

Sgt. Lewis says the body cameras will benefit both the police and the public, but Moore residents have mixed emotions about the cameras.

"I think it will help them and keep them more accountable as well. So it's a great idea," Melissa Stein said.

"They need the protection. There's no doubt about it," Gary Schwartz said.

"I think they are a good thing, but I think they can be misused. Sometimes when you're looking at something, it can be misinterpreted. You see a video and one person takes it one way and another person takes it another way," Hollie Parman said.

Some are also concerned about their privacy.

"Officers go into people's homes and there are some privacy issues with some of that,” Sgt. Lewis said. “As we use it, we'll just have to figure it out as we go.”

If the body cams are successful, and if funds are available, the department will buy about 70 more.

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