“We started about 18 to 20 months ago doing tests and evaluations for different body camera systems. We are down to the last two test evaluation units,” said Officer David Deshaies, a spokesman for the Carrboro Police Department.
The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina teamed up with the Carrboro Police Department to present a draft proposing the details of the cameras at a Carrboro Board of Aldermen meeting at the end of March.
As an officer, Deshaies said the camera system would require training adjustments.
“I have a terrible habit of talking to myself when I am driving, and it’s really funny to be sitting in court listening to myself, but it’s not always great when the judge gives you a funny look.”
Regardless of the new cameras, he said the nature of police officer interactions won’t be dramatically altered due to how prevalent smartphones are in today’s society.
Captain Chris Atack said body cameras for officers are not a recent development.
“Our original reasons for wanting them were to more effectively make determinations about citizen interactions,” he said. “We are coming upon a final product now.”
Atack said those opposed to the cameras on privacy grounds must adjust to a technological world.