Houma police officers will soon be wearing body cameras.
The Terrebonne Parish Council approved the purchase of 84 cameras for the police department at its meeting Monday night.
Chief Todd Duplantis says he hopes to duplicate the same results that other law enforcement agencies that use body cameras have achieved: reductions in citizen complaints and use of force.
"It avoids controversial situations where you have citizens coming in filing complaints. You can get right to the problem and discover what actually occurred. The video doesn't lie," Duplantis said.
Duplantis says his officers will be required to have the camera "on" every time they have contact with the public.
"They're not going to be on 24/7. However, every public contact that the officer has, every complaint he's dispatched to, every traffic stop, he will be required to have that camera on."
Duplantis says body cameras "absolutely" would have been useful in the Ferguson, Missouri incident.
"It's something that I've been wanting to implement over here because things like that happened in Ferguson can happen anywhere in the country," Duplantis said.