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Tybee Police Getting a Tech Upgrade

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 Law enforcement officers risk their lives every day to protect us - working day and night to keep the Coastal Empire and Low Country safe.

But while they're looking out for us, who's watching our for them?

With the help of some very generous donors, the Tybee Police Department is outfitting their officers with personal lapel cams - and they're excited about the new kind of protection it brings.

"Video is more reliable as far as being chronologically correct and the camera of course doesn't have an opinion," says Officer Marella Eaton. "It's very dependable."

The open records website, Risk Jockey, is teaming up with the department to donate the cameras, free-of-charge.

"The officers who start wearing these cameras are apprehensive at first," says Risk Jockey President Michael Connell. "But I have not found one that has decided they didn't want to keep wearing it because it will save a job."

Other than it's obvious ability to help with documentation though, Officer Eaton says the camera provides a much appreciated sense of security as well.

"Having the camera with us, we're not so much alone on the side of the highway," says Eaton.

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