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Police department hitting the streets with body cameras

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

The Bay City Public Safety Department is giving us a look at its latest crime-fighting tool, body cameras.

“It clips on to their shirt or vest, it’s approximately 2-4 inches in size,” said Deputy Director of Bay City Public Safety Tom Pletzke.

The cameras aren’t heavy, and are similar to carrying around a smartphone.

“It’s small enough to where it’s hidden and easy to activate, so it’s not obtrusive in any way,” said Officer Brad Peter.

The department likes the cameras because they can be used to record evidence in criminal cases. They can also be utilized to determine if there’s been any officer misconduct.

For example, last February a Bay City Public Safety Officer was involved in a shoot-out with a burglary suspect. While the officer was cleared of any wrongdoing, a body camera would have been a valuable tool in that case.

The officers will turn the video cameras on any time they contact a citizen.

“Well, it’s going to be a little different, it’s something we’re not used to. It’s going to benefit both the police department and the public,” Peter said.

Thursday morning was the first day officers were scheduled to use the body cameras.

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