We strongly support the Perry Police Department requiring its officers to wear body cameras while on duty.
This is a simple, common-sense issue. The use of the cameras will protect both the police and those with whom they interact during the course of law enforcement duties. When there are disputes, or other times when a record of events needs to be verified, the cameras -- which are far more effective than the more expensive dash cameras -- will be able to help show what occurred.
Getting as full a record as possible of an event is always a plus in law enforcement. The cameras make sure that the law enforcement officer's veracity survives if he or she is challenged. It also supports the veracity of a complaint against a peace officer if the complaint has merit. Perhaps most importantly, it helps make sure that liars are exposed and do not get away with false accusations or explanations.
The camera units cost about $500. The six Perry officers now have them. They are attached to the belts of each officer, although they can also be attached to sunglasses. Besides Perry, several other Top of Utah police departments, including Ogden and the Weber County Sheriff's Office, have tested the body camera.
Frankly, they should all use these cameras. It's essential that the job our law enforcement officers do have a strong record that can be reviewed if scrutiny is needed.