Police Department tests new gun camera technology

by Dianna Russini

And that exact motion, when an offficer pulls his gun from the holster, the digital recording begins.

With a 1.5 ounce camera about the size of a lipstick placed below the barrel of the gun, it can record sound and every object or movement the weapon points at.

Orange County's sheriff's emergency service team and the Newburgh Police Department will be the first to test the pistol cam, and they may be the first in the country to have an extra eye looking over every officers decision.

Chief Eric Paolilli says, "if the technology is there to be used and it's an effective tool and we examine it and there's no safety issues and there's no issues with our guns there's no issues that come to light during this pilot time, it's one more tool that we can use."

This new police technolgy comes to newburgh just a year shy of the anniversary of the police shootout on Broadway that resulted in the death of 23-year-old Antonio Bryant.

The gunfight put a strain on the communities relationship with police.

Mayor Nick Valentine, who is up for re-election a week from Tuesday, believes this new surveillance could help reunite both sides.

The City of Newburgh police department participates in their own union.  The president of their PBA was shown the pistol cam for the first time. 

He says he's reluctant to believe his officers will support this new technology.

The state has alloted $35,000 dollars for a testing period in Newburgh over the next few months.  If successful, every Newburgh officer will have the pistol camera are part  of their equipment.