Many police officers across the nation have been wearing body cameras and now Lufkin police officers are among them.
Lufkin police has been wearing body cameras for almost a month.
“We were approached about a year ago by a local foundation and they asked if there was any needs with the department,” said David Thomas, Lufkin Assistant Police Chief.
The foundation donated money to the police department for the body cams.
“We’ve had in-car video, audio and video, since the early 90’s,” said Thomas. “And this is just another step in that process.”
Officers have been wearing microphones and using dash cams, but many believe body cams are more effective.
“I think it’s great to have the camera, the visual part, that way there is no interpretation or anything,” said Officer Cody Jackson. “You can see everything first-hand.”
Police primarily use these cameras for evidence.
“We think the officers have great integrity, we hire the best people,” said Thomas. “We’re just going to use it to further our cases, and make better evidence for our cases.”
East Texans recently got a glimpse of how helpful body cams can be after someone shot at a police officer in Corrigan.
“they’re also good for evidential value because if the officer in Corrigan wouldn’t have had the body camera there would be no pictures of the guys face except for the ones at a long distance,” said Jackson.