Video cameras taken out of Grand Junction police cruisers

Units costly to maintain, chief says; decision unfortunate, attorneys say

A still frame shows an example of dashboard camera video captured during a police stop in June 2011 in Grand Junction. The cameras were removed from patrol units last week. Police Chief John Camper said the cameras are wearing out and the cost to replace and maintain them is too high to justify to taxpayers.



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A still frame shows an example of dashboard camera video captured during a police stop in June 2011 in Grand Junction. The cameras were removed from patrol units last week. Police Chief John Camper said the cameras are wearing out and the cost to replace and maintain them is too high to justify to taxpayers.

Citing a hefty replacement price tag, the Grand Junction Police Department last week removed all video recording technology from patrol vehicles in a move raising eyebrows among some local…




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Not Freida Cook:  Am relative .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The defense lawyers are unhappy because it means they will now have to do their jobs the old fashioned way, with leg work.  In these tough economic times when resources are minimal, Police Departments across the country are making tough decisions on budged priorities,  The #1 priority are uniformed men and women who patrol your neighborhood and respond to emergencies with the shortest possible response time.  Way down the list comes technology which is not a critical need, but rather a nice to have.  Many nice to haves are going by the wayside as Police Managers strive to maintain critical services to their clients.  A good decision by Chief Camper.

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