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Goshen Twp. Police now using body cameras

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GOSHEN TWP., Ohio - Goshen Township Police have found a new way to document what happens during every traffic stop and police call. They're using what's called "body worn cameras."

Goshen Township Police have approximately 70 square miles to patrol, including Goshen Township, Green Township and Beloit.

Officers we spoke with feel the new, fairly inexpensive "body worn cameras" are a great way to document each and every traffic stop and 911 call.

Corporal Nicholas Brent, with the Goshen Township Police Department says "The main thing is so that you can see from the officer's perspective, at a later date exactly what was said. The demeanor of the suspect or maybe even something that the officer missed at the time."

The body cameras are not intended to replace handwritten police reports.

But with the push of a button, each 911 call and traffic stop is caught on tape, and can also be used for training purposes if nothing else.

Goshen Township Police purchased eight of the MUVI micro camcorders at a cost of just $47 each. They're consumer based cameras able to provide critical information if needed.

Patrolman Dave Eck, works for Goshen Township Police, "It will protect the public if our actions are inappropriate, but it will also protect us from false allegations which happen all the time."

Unlike the more well-known dash-cam or cruiser cameras, the body cameras are mobile. So they're catching the action basically as the officer sees it, recording not just video but audio. Enabling Goshen Township Police to play back the video if needed as part of any type of investigation.

"You can look at pictures. You can read on paper, but video and audio, there's no way to beat that," Officer Eck said.

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