Paducah police gathering funds for more body cameras

Body cameras are meant to record a crime from a police officer’s point of view, and the city of Paducah is raising money to buy the devices.

The cameras are not new to the area, but Paducah Police Chief Brandon Barnhill says the department only has five outdated cameras.

The City is seeking a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help purchase the cameras. It will pay for 19 of the 65 cameras needed to give each patrol officer a body cam. “The accountability, the trust, and the transparency,” are just a few reasons Barnhill thinks they are essential.

Defense attorney David Bundrick says every officer should have one. 

“Cameras may reveal good things about a case. They may reveal bad things about a case, but they don’t lie,” Bundrick said. Although the cameras are not perfect, Bundrick says he still thinks it is a good idea for the city to get more of them. 

“Frequently, a body camera really just shows you the grown or the interior of a car, but it’s better to have something than nothing.”

Barnhill says his goal as police chief is to protect the citizens of Paducah and improve the technology officers use to accomplish that goal.

Other cities in our local 6 area like Cape Girardeau, MO and Carbondale, IL do not use the cameras. Union City, Tennessee has given a camera to each of their 34 officers.

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