In A Cape Cod First, Brewster Police Equip Cruisers With Dash Cams

KA_Brewster_Police15_111615BREWSTER – Brewster police cruisers are now equipped with dash cams, marking the first police department on Cape Cod to embrace the technology.

The cameras, which capture video of traffic stops, arrests, and other incidents, were installed earlier this month. Nantucket police have used the cameras for the last decade, and many departments across the country use dash cams.

“Here in Brewster, we’ve always had a great relationship with our community. They trust us, we trust them, and now this is just one more step to further demonstrate that our officers are doing the right thing,” said Captain Heath Eldridge. “Unfortunately, I would suggest, we’ve gotten to that point where an officer’s word seems to no longer be enough, and we need the video support to show that what we’re reporting is exactly what’s happening.”

The recording will be used by officers in criminal investigations and in court, but will also be public record. Citizens will be notified if they are being recorded.

“Given the current climate of law enforcement and their interactions with the public, we feel that there’s an expectation that we’re as forthcoming with information as we can be,” Eldridge said.

Voters approved $50,000 for the purchase of the cameras earlier this year.

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