The Kearney Police Department is testing out new body cameras for use by uniformed officers during regular patrol hours.
The department says they have used body cameras for several years during special operations or select circumstances, but these cameras are being evaluated for regular patrol use.
The officers will be evaluating the body cameras on resolution, durability, evidence storage, battery life, and recharge rate.KPD
says the cameras will be used to document criminal behavior and to corroborate verbal statements in court by both citizens and officers.
The body cameras may also help supervisors and administrators evaluate different police procedures and use of force incidents. Most officers already have a camera in their patrol vehicles but the body cameras will allow for footage outside that area to be captured.