Proctorville officers get body cameras

Published 1:45 pm Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PROCTORVILLE — As the use of body cameras becomes more commonplace in law enforcement, the Proctorville Police Department is following the trend.

“We started using them last month, the first of February,” Proctorville Police Chief Bill Murphy said. “We use them for ultra protection. There were always complaints with officers and the cameras will do away with all the he-said-she-said.”

The department has two cameras that are available for use when officers are on duty.

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“It’s going to benefit the officers more than the community,” Murphy said. “If someone has a complaint, we will be able to look back and see the incident that occurred and have evidence of it. The officers put the footage on the computer at the end of their shifts.”

The cameras were not purchased by the village of Proctorville, but instead bought by patrolman Shannon Orsbon out of his own pocket, Murphy said.

“It would be nice to have the village purchase more of these,” he said. “But the money in the village is tight.”

Murphy didn’t have the exact amount of the cameras, but said that they run anywhere from $150 to $500.