Salt Lake police chief pushing to put body cameras on his officers

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  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    Maybe the police department could start a program of installing cameras on residential properties that agree to it, to help catch burglars etc. Maybe then SLC police will attempt to investigate one of these crimes. Or have cameras overlooking cars, so when the druggies break the windows to steal change and ipods they might attempt to investigate those crimes.

    The fact is any time you call SLC police they tell you sorry your out of luck and walk away. They'll have you file an online report and not even attempt to find the criminals. If you report people doing drugs in your apartment complex, they don't care or respond to it.

    If this type of response worked that would be one thing, the fact is crime is more rampant and these druggie people could care less about other people. The police don't care what happens. Then if you try and take action on your own, then the police will respond and charge you.

    They need to start cracking down on the druggies, drug dealers etc. Imagine if they broke up the rave party that elizabeth smart was taken to. She might have been saved earlier

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    Not a bad idea. A problem I could see, is when hackers break into the network and can view where the officers are located, what they are doing and then repost private information to the public. How will these records be stored? Are they private or public records? What would it take for an attorney or citizen to view the footage? It's not just the camera but you'll need new staff that archives and retrives this data for court cases.

    At least now this will be great evidence when skaters or others start running their mouths and being beligerent to the officer, then it's not a case of he said they said.

    If iran is able to hack into the military network and watch what our drones do along with everday hackers. What security is set up to protect this live stream from being viewed by those who shouldn't?

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 26, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    Nice idea, but expensive.

    Don't make us taxpayers foot the bill. Instead, impose a "movie star surcharge" on every conviction of $25, $50 or $100 and let the crooks pay for their crimes being recorded.