Gettysburg council OKs body cameras for police

Written by Lillian Reed, The Evening Sun | Sep 15, 2015 3:31 PM


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(Gettysburg) -- Gettysburg Borough Council members voted Monday to authorize the police department to use donated funds to acquire body cameras.

Six cameras will be purchased using a private donation, Gettysburg Borough Police Chief Joseph Dougherty said last month. He declined to name who had donated the funds.

The department will be the first in Adams County to adopt the security measure, which Dougherty said will protect both citizens and officers.

"If it would save just on civil suit, it's well worth the amount we spend," he said. "I believe we owe our citizens transparency."

Council members were originally scheduled to see a body camera demonstration at Monday's meeting. However, Dougherty said, it would have been inappropriate to show a demonstration using footage obtained as evidence.

The plan passed unanimously.


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