MONTOURSVILLE, PA.—Body camera technology is coming to Lycoming County in Pennsylvania, as the Montoursville Police Department is reportedly the first to introduce the new technology.
The cameras now being used by the police department provide the name, date and time of the video. The file is then uploaded and eventually transferred to a hard drive in evidence for 30 days, unless it is needed in court. Nine officers in the police force are currently part of the body camera program, which has been in effect for less than a month.
“We thought it would be a good idea for accountability purposes for both our side as well as the other side people we have been in contact with,” Chief Jeff Gyurina told Eyewitness News in an interview. Police officers have also said that people in question often act with a better demeanor once they are told they are being recorded.
Body camera equipment is expensive, however, but the Montoursville Police Department has gotten support from local organizations to help pay for them. The Masonic Hall Association of Montoursville recently presented $2,700 to pay for eight body cameras. Another organization, C & I Boiler, dontated $5,000 for a dash camera.