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Fredericksburg Police Carrying New Body Cameras

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WRIC) - Officers are carrying a new high tech tool.

Every Fredericksburg City Police officer is now armed with a body camera - replacing dashboard cameras that were in squad cars.

The Department spent $100,000 for the system and is one of the first in the Commonwealth to attach video cameras to officers.

"They go exactly where the officer goes at all times," says Fredericksburg Police Department Spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe.  "During any enforcement action they are encouraged to use it."

The small cameras are the size of a cigar and have a built-in microphone.  They can be attached to a shirt or sunglasses.

Every officer and detective wears one and allows them to record what they deal with every day.

"It's for the officers' safety," Bledsoe says. "It's for the preservation of evidence and the preservation of witness statements."

Officers don't have to tell you you're being recorded but police insist they won't violate your privacy.

"The officer is not going to record a random conversation," Bledsoe says.

Each camera system holds 10 hours of video and every day it's downloaded to a server.

"It's automatically purged from that server after 30 days unless the officer chooses to save it," Bledsoe says.  "We are really hoping this is going to help us."

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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