The Sanford Police Department will ask City Council on Monday to approve the purchase of 60 new body cameras for more than $130,000. The department has been running a test program with 20 cameras and Shannon Cordingly with Sanford PD says the best part for them is that body cameras are helping them solve more crimes.
"We've had instances where an officers drive up on a crime in progress, where they come up to a house that is being burglarized and they're able to capture through their body cameras the suspects running out of the house
Cordingly tells us when the cameras were originally rolled out, officers were skeptical.
"There's going to be a little bit of apprehension. It's something new. It has that kind of big brother aspect to it."
The officers though have warmed to the program because of the number of times they have been proven to have not done something wrong, even though a citizen may have complained. Shannon Cordingly says it has been a huge help when claims of police wrong doing come to the department.
"We have to determine through eyewitness accounts, through interviews, through evidence what we believe truly happened which takes an enormous amount of time and resources to do that. With the body cameras, when something comes up, we're able to immediately play back that video footage, and see what exactly happened."
The city also believes these cameras will help the department avoid lawsuits.