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Police body cameras routine in Post Falls

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The Post Falls Police Department is headed into its eighth year of using body cameras. The Post Falls Police Department is headed into its eighth year of using body cameras.
POST FALLS, Idaho -

A current topic of discussion for many across the country is old news to a small town in Idaho.

Ferguson, Eric Garner, and the recent move by President Obama has many talking about police body cameras. The Post Falls Police Department, however, is headed into their eighth year of using the equipment.

"It's hard to believe that video systems aren't nationwide right now," says Captain Pat Knight with the Post Falls Police Department.

Post Falls adopted body cameras in 2007 and Captain Knight says it's hard to remember a time in his law enforcement career where cameras weren't a part of the daily routine.

"Back in the 90s, we were using old cameras in our car and we were always hooked up with some sort of mic," Knight says.

Knight says body cameras are just the next step in the process in the evolution of police equipment. He says they're just as much for the protection of law enforcement as they are a tool for public safety.

"It allows us to go back and watch that video, making sure our officers are being professional," says Knight. "We're making sure they're doing what they're supposed to be doing, but it also allows us to be transparent with the community."

Knight feels the reason cameras work so well in Post Falls is because Idaho is a one party consent state. As soon as an officer responds to a call, policy dictates the officer immediately turn their cameras on, despite opposition from those who don't want to be recorded. The video is later loaded into a database where it is stored for roughly five years.

"If an officer needs to remember exactly how an incident took place then there's no trying to remember, we just go look at the tape," says Knight.

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