DIU cameras are back

DIU cameras are back

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

The proposed city budget includes the Rockford Police Department’s plan to install cameras in all four DUI task force squad cars.

“We had video cameras in the cars several years ago,” said Jeff Morris, assistant deputy chief of operations. “This is really a replacement of those cameras. It records and observes the driver’s actions.”

The police department installed cameras in 1993. In 1998, the cameras became damaged and were beyond repair.

Although the cameras are intended to view activities among potential drunk drivers, they aid with other traffic stops.

“It’s another tool,” Morris said, adding that it helps in addition to such tools as breathalizer tests and testimonies. “We find them to be a very effective tool in court. They can help officers’ safety; they protect citizens.”

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