MPPD buys 150 body cameras to equip every officer

MPPD buys 150 body cameras to equip every officer

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The Mount Pleasant Police Department announced Tuesday it has purchased and received body cameras for every police officer in the department.

According to a release, 150 Vievu LE3 cameras were delivered to the the Mount Pleasant Police Department on Friday, June 5. The body cameras will be assigned to each officer as part of their duty equipment.

Officials says officers are expected to begin receiving their cameras on June 26.

"We feel that having a camera on every officer will be beneficial to our department and the community as a whole," said Inspector Chip Googe in a statement. "The Vievu camera will help strengthen cases for prosecution as well as show the officers' and suspects' actions during critical incidents."

Googe says each camera costs $820, bringing the total purchase to $123,000. Funding for the cameras was approved by Mount Pleasant Town Council, the release states.

Mount Pleasant Police Chief Carl Ritchie said the body cameras will strengthen trust with community while offering another layer of transparency.

Body cameras are nothing new for the department. Googe says the police department's Bicycle Patrol and K-9 Units have been wearing cameras since February 2014. The recent purchase will now allow every officer to wear one.

The release states four supervisors will attend a training class provided by Vievu on June 11, with those supervisors then training the police department.

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