Carlisle police seek community input on body cameras

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – More Midstate police departments are getting body-worn cameras. Carlisle police are next in line, but they want public input first.

Carlisle police are well on their way to using body-worn cameras. The Department of Justice gave them a grant to buy the devices.

“It’s a tool just like a Taser is a tool, just like a baton is a tool, a radio is a tool, body-worn cameras is a tool,” borough manager Matthew Candland said. “It has its limitations and it has its strengths.”

That is why police need to figure out logistics.

“A camera’s only looking at a particular angle, so in some cases it can raise more questions than answers,” Candland said. “I think overall it protects both the police officer and the citizen to a certain extent.”

Officers have to make sure they stay on the right side of the law.

“We certainly have to take a look at certain legal issues in the commonwealth when it comes to wiretap laws and open records laws,” Carlisle police Lt. Stephen Latshaw said.

Police have a draft policy in place, but they want to hear public questions, comments and concerns. There’s a public meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the borough hall. There will be a presentation, a draft policy and an opportunity for public input.

“Hopefully, together we can have a good program and make this thing work, hopefully by the end of the year,” Latshaw said.

The plan is for all officers to be wearing cameras by the end of the year.

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