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Dexter police rolling out new body cameras

The Dexter Police Department is currently testing a new set of body cameras. The Dexter Police Department is currently testing a new set of body cameras.
DEXTER, MO (KFVS) - The Dexter Police Department is currently testing a new set of body cameras.

The department worked the cameras into this year's budget and bought them in August for about $1,000.

Since then, Sergeant Joshua Benton has been testing them out.

He said it is a needed tool for their department.

"I think it's good to be recorded. It gives a fair story from each side as to what actually occurred," Benton said. "Instead of it being he said, she said, there's actually a true version of what happened."

Benton said the department is still working on a protocol so that every officer that works the streets can use them.

Benton said each on duty officer will likely be expected to turn the camera on when they are working an incident, whether it be a traffic stop or a high profile investigation.

That means any contact people have with police could be recorded.

The cameras are becoming a hot topic, but they didn't used to be.

Benton said times have changed.

"I think there's a lot of mistrust between a lot of the public and police departments, Benton said. "I think that's nationwide. And I think departments are trying to strive to better that and improve that. I think with the body cams it gives them a piece of mind knowing everything is recorded and that there's another version of the story as well as theirs and the officers and I think it clarifies things."

Dexter residents are in support of the police department using the cameras.

"Lately there's been police officers are doing things that is getting caught on camera and it's not right," Lea Ann Clark said.

"They need it for their own protection," Joshua Norwood said. "They need it in case something does happen, they have a camera to witness it."

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