New cruiser camera provides 360-degree view for Alexandria police

Would have recorded deputy shooting in Boone Co.

ALEXANDRIA, Ky. – Most cameras in police cruisers only see straight ahead -- not side-to-side or behind. But that's changing in one Northern Kentucky police department.

Alexandria police are now equipped with a new camera system that provides a 360-degree view around the cruiser.

A 360 system might have shown exactly what happened in Boone County when Deputy Tyler Brockman shot 19-year-old driver Samantha Ramsey on April 26.

Brockman's video shows Ramsey's car turning and driving past the cruiser out of view of his dash camera. It doesn't show Brockman firing four shots that killed Ramsey.

WATCH: See Brockman's cruiser cam video in the player above

When Alexandria officer Chris Jastowiak begins his shift, he boots up his new Eye3Mobile video system with four cameras built into the rear view mirror.

Jastowiak described how it works.

"The camera is installed in the mirror of the automobile in the windshield and it shows front, side and rear views of any stop we make -- traffic stop or any stop," Jastowiak said.   "Any time our emergency equipment is activated, the camera system records that 360-degree field."

The cameras run continuously but rewind when emergency equipment is activated.

"It's going to go back 10 minutes prior to turning on your lights and siren, prior to your making the traffic stop. And it also shows what you're doing as the driver of the car," Jaskowiak said.

The web-based system is monitored at police headquarters and Campbell County dispatch in case problems occur in the field.

"It's elevated my level of officer safety in my mind," Jaskowiak said, "because I know that the camera system is catching what's going on and if I need help, somebody else can maybe see what's going on and send me that help."

All four cameras are recorded separately on equipment in the trunk.

RELATED: Read more about the Eye3Mobile video system

The images are automatically downloaded at the station at shift's end.

That means less work for officers.

"I don't have to worry about getting in the trunk, taking out a videotape, a CD or a SIM card, and transferring it over to another medium," Jaskowiak said.

Alexandria officers view the system as a very beneficial tool.

"In this day and age, the public wants police departments to be transparent. They want to be able to see what they're doing and we want to be able to show what we did and back up our action on them in dealing with the public," Jaskowiak said.

The cost?

About $3,000 per cruiser. 

RELATED: Read Brockman's account of what happened
MORE: Ramsey's mother wants answers

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