Wrightsville Beach police to get body cameras

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Submitted: Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:28am
Updated: Mon, 11/03/2014 - 1:17pm

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach Police will soon be watching you a little closer. The town’s Board of Aldermen approved about $4,000 to purchase eighteen personal body cameras for police officers.

Police Chief Dan House says the cameras will help the department better review complaints against officers and help deescalate situations. He says if people see the cameras are recording them, they may be less likely to cause trouble.

The majority of the cost incurred for the cameras is paid for by a North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety grant.

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17 Comments on "Wrightsville Beach police to get body cameras"

2015 years 8 months ago

well well well . i see were good tax’s money is going .. is the crime that bad at snobvill beach ,, one would think that afte a good year not haveing many storms ,that one would out the money in a trust fund to used one day for the beach sand ? but im just one

2015 years 8 months ago

I agree with alot of what you stated and would like to add that it isn’t just the outsiders that feel this way.Previously,before selling my residence at WB,I saw the behavior/attitude of “us versus them” and the “who’s is bigger” syndrome.It’s seems to have gotten much worse,recently.No worries-I plan to stay away and spend any extra money where I feel welcome.

2015 years 8 months ago

Let’s hope it goes both ways – if the officer knows they are being filmed they are more likely to follow procedure. I wouldn’t say this about most departments and I respect LEO as a whole, however there are a few at WBPD that need eyes on them at all times. MANY cases where the dashcam tapes went missing or simply never existed to begin with because the camera was manually shut down. In court they tell the judge that the camera was out for repair. Two have been caught lying in court…repeatedly…to the point that the DA’s office won’t take them at their word.

I’m not a hater. Most are stand up men and women doing their job respectfully. And I thank them for that! And House is on of those stand up guys working hard to push those bad apples out. Good move and money well spent. Kudos to you Chief!

2015 years 8 months ago

They need them so they can catch those smokers on the beach.

2015 years 8 months ago

I heard the WB cops arent even going to be enforcing the “smoking ban” on the beach

2015 years 8 months ago

Here’s a novel idea….don’t smoke.

2015 years 8 months ago

Cameras don’t lie. Bad cops beware. Lying criminals beware. Result will be less innocent individuals being convicted and less false claims against good officers being made. Most importantly,less time and resources spent in court trying to figure who is telling the truth. The only real question is why doesn’t every law enforcement agency do the same?

2015 years 8 months ago

As I drove past the twin laser cannons protecting the bridge, an automatic lane fence shunted me into the “T” (for TemporaryVisitor) lane which led up to the checkpoint guardhouse. “Sorry”, said the man behind the 2″ thick plexiglass wall, “our license scanner / computer system just said that you once got a C- in a Civics class. Can’t be having punks like you mixing with our elite residents.” “Check your files, I fixed that with a make-up exam 18 years ago” I replied. “Hmm … OK, missed that, move to Station 2″.

The storm trooper at Station 2 affixed the standard 12″ “T” to my car and handed me the 12″ red letter “T” that must be attached to all visitors’ clothing. “Remember, if you’re going swimming, the lifeguards will have to spray a red “T” onto your back that can be seen if your shirt is off. They all wear inflatable body armor, so they’ll be easy to spot” he said.

After driving around for two hours, I finally found a great place to park only a 20 minute walk from the beach. Usually, I’m not so lucky. On the walk to the beach, only 3 different troopers stopped and body scanned me for cigarettes so it was shorter walk than usual. “Remember TemporaryVisitor (they call all non-residents that), we now all wear personal body cameras, so you better not cause trouble!” snarled the last trooper.

Having now spent 30 minutes on the actual beach in the section allocated for TemporaryVisitors, I found that my nerves we’re completely shot. Not sure if it was the armed guards with their new personal body cameras around our perimeter or the sound of occasional nervous stifled sobs from some of my fellow “T’s”, but I just had to leave. Two body scans and one “T” lane shunting later, I was safely back on the mainland.

Safely arriving home, I completely lost it once behind closed doors. Next thing I remember, there I was yet once again swilling down cheap synthetic tequila until I passed out in a drunken disgusting heap on my living room floor.

Y’know, I really love the beach, but I just don’t think I can do this anymore. The subsequent hangovers are just becoming too painful a price for 30 minutes of butt-free beach time pleasure!

2015 years 8 months ago

Awesome post. I am not much of a beach person. I am not a criminal. I am not a smoker. But, it looks like more and more reasons are popping up to avoid Wrightsville Beach. The only thing missing in your post is the bridge repairs that are going to be taking place in the summertime. That alone is enough to keep me out of there.

2015 years 8 months ago

I remember growing up in wilmington i used to go to wrightsville beach and not have to pay to park. Now i have a 15 minute walk to the beach after being yelled at by some yankee about not walking on his property. They waste all this tax revenue on their liberal crap like ticketing smokers and chasing away locals. I go to freeman park now and find the people and beach FAR more friendly. If you get stuck, someone will help you. At wrightsville some yankee would report you to the gestipo.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Seems like anytime something goes wrong around here, someone like like you pops up and blames it on one of those damn Yankees.

That would make sense if most of the people who live here were from up North, but they’re not. They’re from here. That’s just common sense.

Blaming someone from somewhere else for a problem here is just an immature way of not stepping up to the plate and taking a swing at fixing the problem yourself. Unfortunately, about 60% of the posters (such as yourself) who use this “damn Yankee” excuse, don’t even bother to try to write or spell correctly. That doesn’t help much.

Keep acting like that and you’ll never fix the problem that you’re complaining about. You’ll just make yourself look bad. I doubt that was what you initially intended to do.

Perhaps it’s time to put on a pair of big-boy pants and try a different approach that might prove more constructive.

2015 years 8 months ago

Sounds like a good idea to me. As long as the idiot cops don’t “get around” using the cameras this is definitely a positive purchase because the WB cops are probably the most crooked cops in the county. Looks they they will soon shape up or at least their deceitful actions will be documented. Thank you alderman for further protecting the citizens and visitors of Wrightsville Beach.

2015 years 8 months ago

Amen to that!

2015 years 8 months ago

you are making allegations that you better be prepared to back up!

2015 years 8 months ago

Third I camera are very effective and one of the major product for safety purpose. It is available with audio video recorder to keep the record in emergency.

2015 years 8 months ago

I think it’s a great idea and if these cameras are used properly it will be great, but lets be honest. These officers are very corrupt, I’m sure that whenever the officers are in the wrong they will simply say that they weren’t wearing their camera that day. There is nothing that will straighten these officers out. They will still do the same things and keep those big heads on their shoulders.

2015 years 8 months ago

like a true yankee.