After three months of training, Marquette City Police officers are wearing something new next to their badge. The department recently purchased body cameras for every officer, thanks to a state administered federal grant of $40,000.
The cameras weigh four pounds each and clip onto uniforms of officers like Mike Archocosky.
"I know when I have it on, I'm at ease; I don't worry about not being able to prove somebody else is falsely accusing me of being wrong," said Archocosky while on midnight patrol.
The Marquette Police Department now has 35 of the cameras. Every officer is now up to speed on how and when to use them, according to Captain Blake Rieboldt.
"Whenever they have direct contact with the public...so whenever we're dispatched to a complaint or we arrive on scene at a compliant, our officers are to turn the vid-mics on," said Rieboldt.
The one party rule in Michigan allows officers to record their interactions. All video clips are stored back at the station for three months and longer for ongoing investigations.
"This technology has been out there for quite some time, the problem is we haven't been using it," Rieboldt said. "Everybody has video now, with the cell phone capabilities and the smart phone capabilities; we're actually the last ones to get on board to this."
Officer Archocosky said the cameras help with compiling reports and reviewing situations immediately after they happen. "When I can do a good job, that's going to help the public, that's going to help society," he said.
The seven-year officer added the body cams have no impact on his ethics.
"'Put cameras on the cops, that will keep the cops honest.' That's what some people think, that's what some people say. I'll say right now, neither me nor anybody that I work with needs a camera to be honest," Archocosky said.