You’ve probably heard of law enforcement using dash cameras and body cameras, but what about gun cameras?
Friday, Alamogordo police officers invited KRQE News 13 to watch as they used a weapon-mounted camera for the first time.
“It shows actually when you draw it out from your holster, what will happen – it will activate the camera and you will see from the camera, what the end of the pistol is pointing at or sees,” said Sgt. Chris LoCoco.
Alamogordo is one of 150 police departments across the nation testing the new technology out, free of charge.
Otero County resident Chip Bryant thinks the cameras are a good idea.
“Anytime you have to pull a gun, you are in a very risky situation no matter what you do and our officers are here to protect us. There’s nothing wrong with providing them with things that can protect them,” said Bryant.
The camera also has a tactical light and records audio.
However, some say the system could be flawed, because it would only capture the situation as it’s happening, unlike the body cams the department already has.
“It shows before and after as long as the camera is rolling. So, if you’re drawing your weapon out and if you’re actually going to have to fire a weapon, it’ll show at that point, not before or after,” said LoCoco.
So will the department end up purchasing the equipment?
“We’re still in the testing phase. We’re going to try it out and we’ll see how it goes from there, staff will make that decision,” said LoCoco.
The cameras are said to cost about $500 each.
The Alamogordo Police Department hasn’t had an officer-involved shooting since Clint Corvinus was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2016.