Body cams paying off for Millersville police

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MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — As departments across the country roll out body cameras for officers, Millersville is one of only two police agencies in Sumner County to use them.

The small department has outfitted every officer and its already paying off.

The pro-vision body cameras have infrared and night vision capability, costing the department a little over $4,900, but it’s applied for a state grant that is expected to help with the payment.

Donald Ray Bolton (Courtesy: Millersville Police Department)
Donald Ray Bolton (Courtesy: Millersville Police Department)

The officers have been using the cameras for about five weeks, and they came in handy on August 15 when Millersville Police make a traffic stop on the interstate.

In this case, you can hear the officer ask the driver, Donald Ray Bolton for permission to search the car.

“You got anything illegal inside the car? Any narcotics inside the car?” asked the cop. “Mind if I search real quick, you don’t mind? I appreciate it.”

The video shows the officer move to the car and speak with the passenger, Nichele Lee Bolton, seated in the passenger seat.

After a little discussion, he asks the 27-year-old if she has drugs on her, and she admits that she does.

“I got some weed on me,” she said. When the cop asks her to hand it over, she retrieves it from her bra. Watch the raw video below this story. Click here from your mobile app.

A few moments later, the couple is handcuffed and charged with possession.

Because of the body cameras, there are no questions about the stop or the seizure.

The police chief says complaints from citizens have also been cleared up quickly thanks to the cameras.

News 2 asked Metro police about body cameras, since the department does not use this at this time.

“Chief Anderson has said that ultimately, the MNPD will transition to body cameras. Major cities that are presently using them are in essence the test markets.  The MNPD is watching on the sidelines as other cities wrestle with the formulation of policies on body cameras that strikes a balance with privacy rights, on retention of video, on storage practices, etc. This matter is MUCH more complicated than just pinning a camera on an officer’s uniform and saying go to work,” said Public Information Officer Don Aaron.

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