BRANFORD, CT (CBSNewYork) – Branford is pushing the concept of squad car dachcams a quantum leap forward with miniature cameras that attach to the shirt lapels of police officers.

WCBS 880’s John Metaxas On The Story

The cameras allow officers to record everything they see and hear even after they stepped out of their vehicles.

“It provides a level of safety for the officer, number one. It gives them the ability for us to to go back and review exactly what the officer is seeing at the time, and videotape the interaction between the officer and people out on the street,” said captain Jeffrey Morgan.

Right now, two traffic cops are equipped with them.

But the department plans to roll out ten more to its officers on the beat.

“As we roll out the other ten of them into our patrol fleet, we will see much different types of interactions – those that are conducting domestic violence situations and interviews with pedestrians on the side of the road,” Morgan told WCBS 880 reporter John Metaxas.

The videos could prove useful on such instances as assaults on officers, and could even used to document the officers’ behavior in case of complaints.

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