EAST COCALICO TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — On Thursday the East Cocalico Township Police Department announced a new addition to officers uniforms. Moving forward, officers will be wearing body cameras while on patrol and have in-car video cameras in their patrol vehicles.
According to the East Cocalico Police Department, body-worn cameras will allow officers to document interactions and incidents and obtain evidence during investigations. “Additionally, the Department will be able to review the video footage to debrief critical incidents and use camera footage as a training tool to keep officers well trained, safe, and prepared.”
The body cameras allow the department to increase transparency, while also giving the community a way to highlight the good work that the East Cocalico officers do day-to-day.
The funding behind the body-worn cameras is two-fold: With the help of donations from late Officer Brennan Lied, East Cocalico was not only able to honor Officer Lied, but allows his name to be associated with new technology at the department.
According to the department, Officer Lied was interested in policing technology and protecting the community–both of which will be executed with body cameras.