WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - Maine police have been going high-tech in how they record their interactions with the public.
A handful of police departments have been using small cameras that can be clipped to officers' uniform, replacing dashboard-mounted cameras that many departments use.
The goal is to record video from the officer's point of view for evidence against suspects, to protect officers from unfounded accusations and to protect the public from police misconduct.
The Morning Sentinel reports that departments in Wilton, Farmington and Gardiner are among those using the cameras. In other departments, some officers have bought their own.
The cameras have ignited controversy in other states, but police chiefs, civil rights advocates, defense attorneys and others in Maine tell the newspaper that the cameras for the most part are a good thing.
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