Police have new crime-fighting tool

Video taken from a law enforcement officer’s dashboard captures a traffic stop from several feet away. But a tiny new invention is taking the camera right up to the driver. Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Wolfe demonstrates his new, wireless Muvi Micro DV Camcorder that he clips on the front of his uniform.

At about 2 inches in length, it’s advertised as the world’s smallest, wireless camcorder.

A memory card, the size of a fingernail, captures up to 5 hours of video.

Wolfe says it also captured a burglary suspect lying to his face.

“(He said) ‘I’ve been at home. I haven’t left the house.’ We said, ‘well we’ve got a piece of evidence that suggests you weren’t’,” Wolfe recalls. “He confessed to the crime on my camera.”

Sheriff Mike Booth says dashboard cameras cost $5,000, however, these camcorders cost only $100.

“The D.A. even said ‘if there’s any way we can find the money, we want you guys to have these so that will help us in our prosecutions immensely.'”

Having close-up video has already disproved one man’s claim that he was assaulted by a deputy.

When the Sheriff said he would review tape of the incident, Booth says the man responded with “Oh, well I’ve been meaning to talk to my doctor about the medication they prescribed because sometimes I say things that I don’t mean to say.”

Whether it’s separating truth from fiction or simply capturing a suspect’s description, these small cameras are making a big impact.

“It’s a safety factor,” Wolfe says. “I’m just glad we have them.”

There are eight police departments in Oklahoma using these cameras, as well.