Police to use body cameras in car show crowds

Two of the largest car shows all year will be in Pigeon Forge for the next 2 weeks. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

Two of the largest car shows all year will be in Pigeon Forge for the next 2 weeks. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Pigeon Forge Police are now armed with body cameras, and plan on using them during the rod runs being held the next few weeks.

Thousands of people are in town to see the cars and that makes for some of the busiest day son the Pigeon Forge Parkway.

"Been coming here for years. We like the shades of the past," said Bobby Brock of Greenville, SC.

"I've been a car fanatic for ever. I've got a bunch of old junk myself," said Tom Wells, of Easley, SC.

Officers will use motorcycles to weave through traffic. In years past they wouldn't have video evidence with out their patrol cars. but now they do.

"Video documentation. It works great on traffic accidents," said Cpl. Jim Carpenter with Pigeon Forge Police. "The opportunity you have with the cameras are a whole lot better than the units that are in the car because they're on your persons at all times."

Police say they have just a few cameras, but hope to find enough money in the budget to buy more in the future.

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