By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A $9,000 Homeland Security grant has been awarded to the Preston Police Department for installation of cameras and audio-recording equipment in three patrol vehicles.
Police chief Ken Geddes said funds would be used to purchase cameras that will shoot video out of the front windshield of patrol cars on traffic stops and responses to accidents and other incidents.
“Cameras can also shoot video of the back seat of patrol cars when a person is being transported to jail or is in custody,” said Geddes.
“The main reason we want to do this is because of liability issues. And a camera in a car helps resolve a lot of potential complaints on traffic stops. Our county prosecutor, Vic Pearson, is strongly encouraging us to install the cameras.”
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