Portsmouth Assistant Mayor to Propose Body, Car Cameras for Police

Feb 25, 2016


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A government official in Portsmouth says he will advocate for the use of car and body cameras by "all police personnel" in the southeastern New Hampshire city.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine plans to bring the proposal to the city council as soon as members begin reviewing the police department's budget.

Splaine says the cameras help increase police transparency in addition to providing a permanent record of how officers conduct themselves while on-duty.

Splaine says he hasn't talked to police administrators about his proposal. But he believes the idea is "good for both sides" in that it dually increases accountability and protects officers.

A pending House which requires all state troopers to wear body cameras was used by Spaine to support his idea.