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Are police, state troopers and sheriff’s deputies required to run the camera at all stops, or can they turn it off?

F.T. Norton

According to Wilmington Police Department Cpl. Kevin Smith, each agency has different Standards Operating Procedures directives and policies detailing when in-car recording devices are/should be used. Smith said there is no state-wide law enforcement officer standard directing the use of these devices.

“Most types of these devices turn on automatically when the officer initiates their blue lights — as an example: at traffic stops, priority calls, pursuits, etc. With our agency, once activated with blue lights, it must be kept on until the need to keep it on has ended,” Smith said.


How can I get the police to patrol my neighborhood more? I’m tired of cars speeding through it.

What kind of unmarked vehicles are used by Wilmington Police?


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