Gulfport Police Department Asks for Body Cameras

Police body cameras may be making their way to the city of Gulfport as early as this fall.
Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania is asking the City Council to look into funding for his department to obtain cameras, which can record all police procedures. Papania says body cameras protect the police officers and citizens. “In this day and time, there’s such a national push to complain about law enforcement and to judge law enforcement. What we do out there is complicated and it doesn’t always look great. But this type of device will tend to protect them. It helps in the collection of evidence and I think it holds everybody in a police contact up to a higher standard,” said Papania.
Chief Papania tells News 25 they’re exploring traditional chest body cameras in addition to ones worn on the head where a hand or object cannot easily block the lens.

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