By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Cameras have allowed the public to see how an encounter with police actually unfolds.

If the encounter ends in an arrest, both the prosecution and defense can use the video to aid their case in court.

But all that video, from body cameras and car cameras, must be uploaded, put on CDs and watched by prosecutors. The average length of a DUI video is 45 minutes, and often there is more than one, said Isle of Wight County Commonwealth’s Attorney Georgette Phillips.

The increased workload has led Phillips to ask for two new positions in her office — another attorney and an administrative assistant.

Isle of Wight County Administrator Randy Keaton said he’s seen this request in other localities, a direct result from the increased use of cameras by law enforcement. 

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